Heerlen mine rail bridges

recreational cycling route

In the most southern part of the Netherlands, the province of Limburg, several parties are involved in creating a 26 km long recreational cycling route connecting nature and tourist attractions. Part of this proposed Leisure Lane is on the embankment of a former mine rail track. We were asked to design three bridges for this section of the cycling route.

historical references

The rich mining history of the area provided plenty of inspiration for the bridge designs. The subsurface soil layers, for instance, will be referenced in the brick work of the bridge abutments. In compliance with the architecture of the former Emma Mine, the bridge design itself combines functionality with intricate detailing. Brass miner tags will be incorporated into the bridge’s wearing surface. We designed single span bridges with a load bearing steel beam structure with vertical stiffeners, that refer to the archetypical railway bridges from back in the days.

playful perforations

Near the railing ends, a dynamic pattern of perforations will be applied, creating a playful and more transparant appearance.


status: final design phase

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call Sietse Cieraad:
+ 31 15 750 25 78

project team

Chris Spierings

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