The Hålogaland Bridge – or Hålogalandsbrua in Norwegian – is currently the 22nd longest suspension bridge in the world. 179 metres above sea level, from the top of one of the bridge’s two elegant A-shaped towers,
Technical Project Manager Assad Jamal from COWI is enjoying the spectacular views across the fjord and the surrounding mountains. Being part of the project since day one, he got his first glimpse of the region’s magical northern lights waving across the sky from up here. Sometimes ice-blue, sometimes pink or fluorescent green.
“Everybody has a defining moment in their career, a project they are emotionally attached to. This is what this bridge is to me, it defines me and my career at COWI,” says Jamal, looking out over the everchanging scenery that takes place below.
"You can also spot a whale from here," he adds.
The beauty of the bridge has also affected his team partner from COWI, Chief Project Manager Erik Sundet, who has worked on the project for more than a decade.
“Opportunities to work on projects like this one comes very rarely for an engineer – and when they do – they block your calendar for so many years that you do not have time for many other projects on the same scale. In that sense, the Hålogaland Bridge will always be my bridge. This summer I brought my family here to show them the bridge and what I have been working on for so many years," Sundet says.
All year round, dozens of giant cargo ships are anchored up and spread out on the fjord, patiently waiting to sail away with shipments to distant mills. Aiming to create an icon in this already iconic landscape, the architects and engineers chose to go for a less-is-more approach, “camouflaging” the bridge in to the surrounding backdrop.
“The bridge is located in a dramatic and magnificent scenery and for this reason, it has been our goal to design the bridge in respect of the natural surroundings. The anchor blocks are recessed in the hills and the only visible parts are the large concrete cones that receives the cable. Even the colours for the bridge are in harmony with the landscape's colours,” Poul Ove Jensen from DISSING+WEITLING architecture says.