The Twin Sails Bridge is at the heart of Poole's plans for the future and has unlocked one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West.
The bridge provides critical infrastructure for 26 hectares of brownfield land which over the next 10 to 15 years is expected to deliver around 2,000 homes and create up to 5,000 jobs.
The Twin Sails Bridge is the first lifting bridge of its type and symbolises the aspirations of the town.
When the bridge is lifted, it resembles the sails of a yacht, reflecting Poole's rich maritime heritage and presenting a unique and dramatic architectural feature.
In its lowered position, the bridge offers views across the natural beauty of Holes Bay.
The photo stream above shows some of the key stages in the construction of the Twin Sails Bridge and further photo albums are available on Flickr.
You may also be interested to view insights into the history of Poole's harbour crossings.
The opening of the Twin Sails Bridge was marked with an official celebration and videos of this are available on our YouTube channel.