Plans were today unveiled for a new footbridge over the River Derwent in Derby city centre.

The bridge will link new residential developments with the heart of Derby city centre and form part of a £3.8m improvement scheme for Cathedral Green.

Designed by architect Whitby Bird, the bridge will be developed as part of the public realm strategy led by Derby Cityscape – the urban regeneration company spearheading the £2bn regeneration of the city centre.

The design of the bridge was chosen by Derby Cityscape, Derby City Council and the Derwent Valley Mills Partnership.

Dean & Dyball is leading the redevelopment of Cathedral Green and will build the new swing bridge.

The bridge will be used by pedestrians and cyclists and special features include the ability to swing to one side in the event of a flood. It is expected to open next spring.

Derby Cityscape chief executive John Cadwallader said: ‘This bridge will link major new housing schemes within the heart of the city centre. It will become a gateway to the new public open space which will be created between the Silk Mill and the Cathedral – the start of the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail.’