Shanks Millennium Bridge is a multi-span weathering steel box girder supported on steel piers and piles Green Wheel is a millennium project in
Peterborough, one part of which provides a pedestrian and cycle route around the outside of the city and ‘spokes’ running into the centre. This bridge is the final link of the route. It crosses the River Nene to the east of the city. It is a multi-span weathering steel box girder supported on steel piers and piles. It has great visual impact, with its dramatic curve sweeping across the river.
Unusually, the deck and pier steelwork is left unpainted. This was done to significantly reduce maintenance costs. The rusty steel is entirely in
keeping with the bridge’s rural context. The box girder is surfaced in concrete for equestrian use. For pedestrians a more friendly timber deck is laid on steel arms cantilevered off the girder.