As far as the UK is concerned, only in Manchester will you find works by international ‘starchitects’ Tadao Ando and Santiago Calatrava. Tadao Ando’s concrete redevelopment of Piccadilly Gardens is loathed by Mancunians and set to be demolished soon. Calatrava’s bridge, though, is generally loved by all.
The Trinity Bridge connects the cities of Salford and Manchester, separated by the River Irwell. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is one of his early bridge works and he would go on to design many similar cantilever bridges across the world.
It’s a stunning example of engineering and I’m lucky enough to use it nearly every day. There are places to picnic underneath, but I try and visit early in the morning or when the sun’s setting. Do the same and you’ll be rewarded with some stunning views. You can also tell your pals that, by crossing it, you visited two different cities within minutes!