A significant step forward in Latimer’s major Kirkstall Road development has been made, with the installation of a new 56-metre-long pedestrian bridge.

A co-ordinated three-day operation in conjunction with West Yorkshire Highways saw the bridge delivered in three parts from its factory in Doncaster to Kirkstall Road.

After the parts were spliced together, a three-hour lifting operation using a thousand-ton mobile crane put the 71.5 ton bridge safely into position.

The new bridge is one of the most visual indicators to date of the progress being made to regenerate the former dye works site into a new riverside neighbourhood.

It replaces the previous bailey bridge and will form an important new north/south connection, linking the adjacent communities and opening up access to the canal, river and surrounding areas. It forms part of plans for the scheme to promote sustainable travel and create better links across this part of the city.

Once complete, the Kirkstall Road development will provide 1,620 homes with over 500 of those properties being affordable tenures, setting a new benchmark for the provision of affordable homes in Leeds.

The new district on the banks of River Aire will also deliver over 5 acres of public open space including a new square and a riverside park.

Richard Cook, group development director at Latimer said: “It’s pleasing to see our scheme at Kirkstall Road achieve another significant milestone as enabling works continue on site.

“We are confident that this development will be a game-changer for Kirkstall Road and Leeds as a whole, providing a high-quality mixed use, tenure blind, sustainable community that will attract residents, businesses and visitors. Even more encouraging is the activity we are starting to see in the surrounding areas.”