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Gondola technical refurbishment

Bizkaia Bridge is currently implementing its preliminary Gondola technical refurbishment project to improve its SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) compliance and visited Poliester Gabiria S.A.L. in Irun last December, specialists in the manufacture of fibreglass reinforced polyester enclosures, and was extremely impressed.

Radio programme dedicated to European Heritage Days

At the end of September, we were able to enjoy a radio programme broadcast from the Bizkaia Bridge by the SER radio network dedicated to European Heritage Days, featuring Andoni Iturbe, Amaia Sarasola, Begoña Ibarra, Mikel Torres and Nagore Orella.

 

Bizkaia Bridge during COVID-19

This period of very little social activity has been used to clean and paint different parts of the structure, boarding halls, and terraces, and implement different preventive maintenance activities, such as the replacement of some of the trolley wheels, gondola wire-rope ties and mooring systems.

Maintenance work has been stepped up daily with special cleaning and disinfection works carried out at the entire facility using Viribiol Plus bactericide, fungicide and virucide, thereby helping to combat and prevent COVID-19.

Road signs have also improved to ensure gondola control and access safety during boarding. Together with the annual revision and certification of all Bizkaia Bridge lifelines.

Panoramic walkway lighting

The footbridge lighting has been completely renovated, with the installation of 320 metres of LEDs below its handrails to adapt to the changing times, to enhance its sustainability and meet its energy SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

 

Climbing the peak

Bizkaia Bridge and Ojoguareña Aventura have inaugurated a new heart-stopping adventure sport – every Saturday from 5.00 to 7.00 pm you can climb to the top of the 61-metre-high bridge and have your photo taken for just €12

127th anniversary of the Bizkaia Bridge

Despite an atypical year, we didn’t want to miss out on celebrating our 127th anniversary with climbing and wellness activities at the Bridge, including adventure sports and health activities. On this occasion, we were attended by Sandra Ballesteros from the Sattva de las Arenas centre, who voluntarily and free of charge offered meditation, yoga, and dance sessions in the magical setting of the Bridge, activities that will be repeated in the future being very well received by the public.

Bizkaia Bridge opens again following confinement

We are back in operation with all the necessary health and safety measures in place and have reopened the shops and lifts. #covid19

Puente Bizkaia and Montes de Hierro Greenway united by their mining and industrial past

The management of the Bizkaia Bridge and Enkarterrialde have signed a collaboration agreement to promote information about the mining railway route and the Bizkaia ferry.

The Enkarterrialde rural development association and Bizkaia Bridge have signed a collaboration agreement to raise the profile of the Bizkaia ferry and the Montes de Hierro Greenway. The agreement includes providing spaces to disseminate and promote the two resources and perform promotional activities and aims to recover the mining and industrial heritage of the two regions, which have a shared history and past.

The terms of the agreement were announced at a ceremony held on one of the terraces of the Bizkaia Bridge at the Portugalete entrance and attended by the Bizkaia Bridge Director, Marta Uriarte, the president of Enkarterrialde and mayoress of Galdames, Raquel Larruskain, mayors and councillors from the municipalities crossed by the Greenway as it passes through Enkarterri and Meatzaldea: Muskiz, Abanto Zierbena, Sopuerta and Artzentales.

125th Anniversary of the Bizkaia Bridge

2018 saw the commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Bizkaia Bridge.

The opening event consisted of switching on lights and a book of symbolic signatures to kick off a year packed with activities intended for the public to enjoy, including painting, mural and photography competitions, heritage conferences and the world congress of transporter bridges, exhibitions like the Bizkaia Bridge&partners postcard show, popular theatre and lots more.

 

 

The anniversary year was concluded with an event headed by the highest authority in the Basque Country, the Lehendakari (first minister) of the Basque government, Iñigo Urkullu, who came along to show his support for the site and the workers who made its maintenance possible, to whom he paid a heartfelt tribute.

Photographs by Jose Angel Eizaguirre

 

Links to news:

Opening event, lighting up

https://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/margen-derecha/puente-colgante-ilumina-20180207193321-nt.html

https://www.deia.eus/2018/02/07/bizkaia/el-encendido-de-las-luces-del-puente-colgante-inicia-los-actos-de-su-125-aniversario-

The bridge is 125 years old on 28th July 2018

https://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/puente-colgante-cumple-20180728221437-nt.html

https://www.deia.eus/2018/07/28/bizkaia/el-puente-colgante-cumple-125-anos-como-transbordador-e-icono-turistico-

The Flying Ferry photographic exhibition

https://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/margen-derecha/uniendo-orillas-postales-20180704213921-nt.html

https://www.deia.eus/2018/07/26/bizkaia/doscientas-fotos-para-narrar-125-anos-de-historia

Closing event

https://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/puerta-bizkaia-20190212225325-nt.html

https://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/margen-izquierda/sociedad-vasca-capaz-20190211150554-nt.html

https://www.deia.eus/2019/02/12/bizkaia/el-puente-colgante-simboliza-125-anos-despues-la-cohesion-de-la-sociedad-vasca

https://www.deia.eus/2019/02/11/bizkaia/urkullu-el-puente-bizkaia-es-ejemplo-de-la-capacidad-de-sociedad-vasca-para-tender-puentes-entre-diferentes-

Setting of the film

In October 2017 the Bizkaia Bridge became a unique setting for shooting the film “Ola de Crímenes” (“Crime Wave”), by the leading director Gracia Querejeta and starring top actors on the Spanish film scene including Maribel Verdú.

While respecting the site and its structure at all times, in this way the bridge earns its place among the list of World Heritage Sites around the world that have been very special shooting locations.