Jorge Manrique Footbridge
Murcia, Spain
1994 - 1999

Photos courtesy Santiago Calatrava archives

The Jorge Manrique Footbridge is situated about 300 metres down-river from the Hospital Bridge, joining the Avda. Infante D. Juan Manuel to the continuation of Jorge Manrique Street. The foootbridge extends the pedestrian infrastructure, and creates a new intersection on the river Segura, between two densely populated neighbourhoods. With its light structure and technical elegance, the footbridge forms a harmonious ensemble with the new Hospital Bridge.

The structure consists of a tubular steel arch  from which the board is suspended by a system of cables. The arch follows the length of the symmetrical axis of the footbridge, and is supported by two piers situated at each end of the footbridge.

Length: 56.4 meters (185 feet). Width of board: varying between 6 and 10.5 meters. (20 feet and 34 feet) Hight of arch: 9.7 meters (32 feet). Structure: Painted steel tubes. Floor covering: Fixed glass panels with stainless steel edging.

Client: Murcia Town Council