Within the global action of the Fair Complex and Congress Palace of Talavera de la Reina and as a fusion between Architecture and Engineering, the bridge becomes habitable while it constitutes the great entrance portico to the entire leisure area.
Thus, a historical aspect of the bridges is incorporated, the inhabited bridge recalling classic performances such as the Ponte de Rialto in Venice or the Ponte Vecchio on arches in Florence.
The bridge is covered with inner glass skin and outer perforated sheet metal (between the two, in the interstitial space in which structure is located); the perforated sheet metal has a double purpose: during the day it avoids direct sunlight inside the offices that are housed in the bridge, sifting the light inside and at night it radiates the light to the outside, illuminating the entire structure.
The “bridge” building consists of two triangular trusses separated by 8.80 meters, with a total length of 85 meters, arranged in three spans: an anchor span of 10 meters, the main span of 70 meters and a final cantilever of 5 meters, the beams have a depth of 5.00 m.
Transverse metal beams are arranged between the trusses supporting composite slab, consisting of a corrugated sheet metal that serves as lost formwork for a concrete slab connected transversely and longitudinally.
The triangulated beams reduce flexion in the centre of the span. These are anchored in the rear support reducing the maximum deformation. This anchoring is carried out with prestressing cables that reach up to 50 cm of the lower level of the pile cap, where passive anchors are left for the subsequent tensioning when placing the main trusses.
Technical Assistance to the Construction Mangement
Talavera de la Reina
Ayuntamiento de Talavera de la Reina _ Consejería de Industria y Turismo JCCM
Final date of work
1st Awards Projects Competition
Premio CIVITAS NOVA 2007
III CONGRESO ACHE _ 2005
I JORNADAS SOBRE LA VIDA DE LOS PUENTES _ San Sebastián 2005