Mary Elmes Bridge Video and Time-lapse
Mary Elmes Bridge Cork’s newest bridge, the 165 tonne Mary Elmes Bridge, has been completed and open to the public from July 9th 2019. This new bridge is connecting St Patricks Quay to Merchants Quay and will be used by up to 11,000 people each day.
Mary Elmes Bridge, named after a Cork lady with an astonishing back story, (Mary Elmes is credited with saving the lives of 200 Jewish children during the Holocaust) has been a great construction success story by Cork City Council.
Lensmen were hired to track the evolution of the bridge from its development in Thompsons Carlow to its completion in Cork City. This journey was a huge undertaking, the Bridge travelled in 9 parts to from Carlow to Cobh Shipping Yard, where it was assembled, it was then lifted onto a barge and travelled down the Lee being pulled by two tugboats. The bridge was then lifted from the barge by two 500 tonne cranes and placed on the newly-built abutments (supports) on the quays.
Check out our video below showing the entire development of this fascinating bridge. We created this video with time-lapse cameras, aerial footage and video. Our photographers were also present to take photos of the bridge at different stages of development.