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Bridging the gap: The Forum bridge lifts into place

A major milestone in the £200m regeneration of Gloucester city centre is taking place today.

The huge steel and glass connecting footbridge at The Forum development by Kings Square is being lifted into position after crawling its way through the city from Quedgeley.

Andrew Fox from Kings Heavy Haulage (Bristol) told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "This bridge weighs 45 tonnes. We are running this load on a four-axle tractor unit and a five-axle triple extending low-loader.

"This is a precision move and we want it to go smoothly so we are going to be doing most of this journey at walking pace."

The bridge measures 18.5m length. Once lifted into position, it will connect the two Forum buildings.

The Forum is Gloucester's ambitious project to regenerate part of the city centre.

The £107m sustainable development includes office and workspace, the boutique Indigo Hotel, rooftop bar and gym space in the heart of the city.

Kier Construction is the main construction team on site, with Novum providing specialist knowledge to ensure the bridge is built to the highest design and safety standards.

The steel structure was built and painted at the manufacturing yard by SH Structures in Yorkshire and was transported to The Forum's offsite storage area in Gloucester in August. Here, the supports and glazed system (windows) were installed.

At the heart of the Forum development is a commitment to transforming a run-down area into a destination that attracts businesses and visitors to the city.

A new transport hub has already been provided and will act as a catalyst to further regeneration which brings life to Kings Square and improves the retail profile of the King's Walk area.

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