Lille Langebro Bridge officially opens in Copenhagen

The new Lille Langebro cycle and pedestrian bridge across Copenhagen’s Inner Harbour officially opened at 2pm on Wednesday 14th August 2019.  Present for the occasion were Peter Cederfeld, CEO of Realdania, Lord Mayor Frank Jensen, Acting mayor, Technical and Environmental Administration, Karina Vestergård Madsen, CEO of Mobilis DK, Jan de Jong and CEO of Realdania, Jesper Nygård.

The elegant Lille Langebro cycle and pedestrian bridge enhances Copenhagen’s waterfront and contributes to its reputation as the world’s best city for walking and cycling. The 160m horizontal swing bridge across the Inner Harbour was won in competition for Danish client Realdania By & Byg, and will be gifted to the municipality of Copenhagen.  It seamlessly connects the vista down Vester Voldgade from the City Hall to the harbour and onward across the water to Christianshavn on the Langebrogade quayside.  Immediately adjacent is the new BLOX building by Realdania which, among other things, is home to the Danish Architecture Center.

Jesper Nygård, CEO of Realdania said: ‘Lille Langebro is beautifully designed and I am confident that new bridge will become an attractive connection between the city centre, the habour and the historical Christianshavn district for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians every day. Along with the many activities in and around the neighboring BLOX building and the new public spaces in the area, the new bridge will bring life to a part of the habour that has been deserted for decades.’

Simon Roberts, Associate Director at WilkinsonEyre responsible for the project said: ‘We are delighted to have worked with Realdania to design a distinctive new bridge for the people of Copenhagen that will improve the urban spaces and promenades along the waterfront and strengthen the cycling culture in the city while also being safe and accessible to everyone.’

Simon Fryer, Technical Director, Bridges, at BuroHappold said ‘This is a landmark project both for Copenhagen and for the wider bridges sector. By combining cutting-edge design with unique technical solutions it has been possible to minimise the structural depth of the bridge and really push the boundaries of design, affording pedestrians and cyclists views across the harbour. The opening and closing of the bridge acts as a spectacle in itself, bringing a sense of theatre and excitement to the area. We’re delighted to have been able to work closely with Realdania and WilkinsonEyre to make the vision a reality.’