The Peace Bridge, a 235m long cycle and foot self anchored suspension bridge across the River Foyle is a recent addition to the city’s landscape.
London architects, Wilkinson Erye’s design concept was clear in the symbolic as well as the physical nature of the bridge – it stated that the bridge …
“..will physically and symbolically unite both sides of the river and is conceived as two distinct structural systems that work in harmony. At the middle of the river both systems overlap, boldly interacting to create a single unified crossing – a structural handshake across the Foyle and an embrace in the centre of the river.”
The bridge was opened on 25 June 2011 and connects Ebrington Square, the site of a former military base, in the Waterside with the rest of the city at the Guildhall Square or more specifically the Protestant part of the city with the Catholic part – something that would have been unthinkable less than 20 years ago. Then both sides would have been in a race to see which could blow it up first!
Even more unbelievable and absolutely unthinkable 20 years ago is that it was opened by its primary funder, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, accompanied by the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness and the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny. How times change.
Address: Across to River Foyle
Directions: From Ebrington Square to Guildhall Square
Across the road behind the Guildhall
This entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on many trips to Londonderry/Derry. I suggest you continue with my next entry –War Memorial – On the Diamond – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – The City on the Foyle.