Arup Wu Zhi Qiao

Site Location – Mixia Village, Pinghe Township, Luchun County, Honghe State

Site Background – Currently, a primitive bamboo bridge is temporarily built at the bridge site. 4m in height, 17m in length. When the water level is low, pedestrians can still cross the river. Once it hits the rainy season, the rapid water flow constantly washes away the bamboo bridge, causing huge inconvenience to the local villagers. There are also simple self constructed bridges made out of bamboo either 500m away upstream or 5km away downstream from the site.

The Need – Mixia Village has 3 natural villagers comprising of 389 households (1,950 people). Villagers rely on the bamboo bridge to cross the river each day and both the primary and secondary school students in the village have to cross the river to go to school.

Villagers Benefited – 1950 nos

Project Team – Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd (ARUP) and teacher and student team from Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Kunming University of Science and Technology (KMUST)

Project Sponsor – Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd


Arup Wu Zhi Qiao won Outstanding International Development Project in the British Expertise International Awards 2013.
Arup Wu Zhi Qiao is honourabe to be awarded Special Appreciation to a Charity Project in Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (ICE) Joint Structural Division, and Edmund Hambly Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers based in UK which is for the creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development.

50 professional and student volunteers from ARUP, CUHK, KMUST built a 20 meters long footbridge successfully during the period from 26 Dec 2011 to 5 Jan 12. The bridge is named as "ARUP Wu Zhi Qiao".

Despite the heavy rain, many villagers and students joined the celebration and revealing of the bridge on 4 January.

Click to view video 1 & video 2 of the project.

The design came to the final stages which included full scale factory mock up in Shanghai and site formation was carried out by local contractor. The volunteer construction trip is scheduled in late Dec by mobilizing volunteers from Ove Arup as well as student volunteers. Click here to see bridge construction details.
Based on the winning design, the project teams tried to work out the detailed construction drawings and planned the relevant construction schedule.
In June, ARUP launched a global bridge design competition to invite bridge design from their internal staff pool around the world. Meanwhile, the organizing committee had also uploaded the entries online for pubic voting.
Project team conducted the 1st investigation trip in Dec.