The redevelopment of Kelham Island is set for a further boost under plans to build a new bridge spanning the site’s waterway.
Proposals have been submitted to the city council by the Upper Don Walk Trust for a crossing over the Kelham Goyt - the man-made channel which carried water from the River Don to power machinery - linking up the former Green Lane Works and the Kelham Island Museum.
The old works is about to be converted and extended to form a new mixed-use development offering apartments, offices and a café bar.
The new bridge is intended give pedestrians and cyclists a more accessible route from Ball Street to the museum, as well as offering views of wildlife and the revamped works.
The existing route of the Upper Don Walk, which runs from Beeley Wood near Middlewood to Lady’s Bridge in the city centre, crosses a bridge from Ball Street before coming to a dead end.
Walkers then have to re-trace their steps, navigating narrow pavements and parked vehicles, before rejoining the riverside trail next to the museum.
The 20-metre long bridge, designed by city firm Tatlow Stancer Architects, will be built from steel plates - folded using strengthening principles borrowed from origami - with a deck engraved with the names of supporters who pledge money towards its construction.
There have been two previous applications to create an Upper Don Walk bridge at Kelham. In 2002 and 2006 plans for suspension bridges were approved, but the schemes did not come to fruition because of issues with funding.