Project Overview

This major regeneration project involved the following works: 

  • Construction of a new iconic Sustainable Transport Bridge
  • Extended quay wall with associated floating pontoon
  • Construction of a new public square
  • Dredging of the deep water channel and harbour area
  • Dune restoration and habitat creation
  • Car parking improvements for the general public
  • Mooring reconfiguration and additional mooring recreation
  • Public realm works, paving, street furniture, drainage, fencing, access road upgrades, installation of a new substation and services 

The iconic Pont y Ddraig bridge structure provides a single leaf bascule opening span over 80m of the navigable channel, giving unlimited clearance.  To balance the lift, the back-span also lifts mirroring its twin. A single Duplex stainless steel mast nearly 50m tall houses a pulley mechanism and associated lift cables, providing a visual declaration of the bridge's presence that will be visible from miles around and will also provide a central focus within the harbour. The mast is stayed by a system of rigging similar to that seen on many sailing boats.  To accommodate the central mast, each deck splits to permit a 3 metre walkway on either side. 

During the ECI phase we worked closely with the Client and our appointed design team to ensure that the overall best value solution was adopted. We instigated numerous improvements including changing the deck lifting system which saved £500k and we designed out waste and reused circa 100,000 tonnes of excavated material - resulting in zero waste to landfill. 

The Public Square works achieved a CEEQUAL Excellent rating, and the scheme has won several awards demonstrating the success of our collaborative approach throughout the project. These include the 2014 Special Award for Regeneration (ICE Wales Cymru) and a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme Award

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Denbighshire County Council



Project Value


Contract Period

66 weeks