WilkinsonEyre and COWI partner with Bridges to Prosperity to construct a new footbridge in Rwanda

On 23 November, WilkinsonEyre along with COWI are proud to be sending a team of nine staff to Rwanda to help construct a 43m suspension bridge across the river Sebeya.

The project is being run in collaboration with Bridges to Prosperity, a global charity who work with local communities, partners and foundations to build footbridges that connect residents to education, health care and economic opportunity. Designing, building and maintaining environmentally sustainable bridges across the globe, the initiative aims to “connect the rural last mile to the rest of the world” through helping to fight rural isolation.

Currently, the Kigarama-Musabike community of Kazabe, Rwanda are unable to cross the river Sebeya for approximately 45 days out of the year. The bridge will provide a vital new resource to enable safe, year-round access to nearby markets, tea plantations and local schools. 

Four WilkinsonEyre architects and five COWI engineers will work for a period of two weeks to construct the new bridge, working closely with community members to deliver a considered, community engaged approach to construction.

For regular updates and fundraising initiatives, please follow the project Twitter page. For more information on Bridges to Prosperity, please click here