Queensferry Crossing

A technical and architectural highlight

Dissing+Weitling, Queensferry Crossing, overview, VisitScotland

Linking Edinburgh with the county of Fife it stands proud as a modern landmark alongside its neighbors, the protected historical landmarks Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge.

  • Queensferry, Scotland, UK
    Road Bridges and Tunnels
    2013 - 2017
  • Client
    Transport Scotland
    Collaborators
    Jacobs / Arup Joint Venture / Flint+Neill Partnership / Niels Gimsing
    Size
    2.7 km
  • The Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh is the key link in Scotland’s most ambitious ever transport plan, and it is the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge with three pylons. Linking Edinburgh with the county of Fife, it stands proud as a modern landmark alongside its protected historic neighbors; the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.

    Together with a team of engineers, we have designed the new Scottish landmark to stand in harmony with the landscape, in particular with the two existing historic bridges.

    The Queensferry Crossing has many innovative features, which allow it to carry substantial volumes of traffic at high speeds on a motorway-standard highway. Besides the support-cable configurations and high-strength 21st-century materials delivering slender spans supported by elegant towers, smart technologies monitor and maintain the modern bridge. Devices have been built into the bridge, providing daily data to manage the structure. It is a technical and architectural masterpiece by virtue of its large scale and vital importance, with just over 66,000 daily vehicles crossing.

    The Queensferry Crossing is the UK’s tallest bridge and the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge. More than 37,000 kilometers of cable was used for the cable-stays – equivalent to the circumference of the Earth.

  • Dissing+Weitling, Queensferry Crossing, centre, VisitScotland