An iconic old golden gate bridge stretching across the Ring Road in Wolverhampton could become a reality under ambitious plans unveiled today.
A group of Bridgnorth-based architects has come up with the concept and dubbed it the “Wolves Bridge”, saying it would be ideal for supporters heading to and from Molineux. They believe the structure would cost between £1million and £2m and funding has yet to be found. But the firm, Johnson Design Partnership, say they are considering putting in a planning application to Wolverhampton City Council and are keen to know what people think of the idea.
The planned bridge is currently golden-coloured in a reflection of Wolves colours, but this is subject to change as the design is still at the concept phase.
Associate architect Matt Spinks is involved in the design. The 29-year-old lifelong Wolves fan said the idea was for the bridge to seem like it was “floating” across Ring Road St Peter’s. He said he felt it could offer an alternative for fans making their way to Molineux. “I always park the other side of the city centre to go to the ground,” he said today. “We just thought Wolverhampton needed something iconic that would put it on the map and help the supporters who can’t get to the subway to cross a busy road safely. “We are not trying to take people away from using the subway – it could be used to divide home and away fans.” He said the design had already been put onto Wolves supporter websites and he felt the general consensus had been positive.
Councillor Neville Patten, leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said: “Quite honestly, I think it’s a brilliant idea. It would open up that part of town and make life easier for a lot of Wolves fans.”
Wolves spokesman Matt Grayson said: “We’re always willing to listen to new ideas.”