Lille Langebro installed on site

Last week saw the transformation of Copenhagen’s Inner Harbour, as our Lille Langebro was craned into position in Denmark. The 160m long, opening pedestrian and cycle bridge was designed by WilkinsonEyre, with engineers BuroHappold and NIRAS and landscape architects Urban Agency.

Fabricated in Rotterdam, the four spans were brought to Copenhagen on a 75m long barge and craned into position by the Hebo-Lift 9 floating sheerleg crane, which has a combined lifting capacity of 800t.

The four spans weigh between 120 and 177t and were lowered onto their supports over two consecutive days. Once in position, they were jacked up to their correct positions and adjusted to achieve a continuous, smooth flowing curve across the water.

There now follows a two-month commissioning period, during which time the bridge’s opening mechanisms will be thoroughly tested, lighting and barriers will be installed and the quaysides will be reinstated. Whilst the bridge expected to be operational at the end of the summer, the bridge will be officially opened in the autumn.