A New Bridge
The limestone bridge will spring from one side of the river to the other, arching upwards to ensure a crest height of 3.5m. Columns rise up from this portion upon which the hybrid steel and timber roof frame will sit. The aim is to resolve the challenges elegantly, allow the bridge to simply span the river and the roof above to simply provide shelter.
The interventions proposed are routed in traditional methods of construction. The forms are simple and familiar but the detailing is crisp and contemporary. The walkway, node/public forum in front of Holy Trinity Church and the bank of steps down to the river are simple interventions working with the existing quays and augmenting where required.
The walk is a past time in itself, the benches and handrail provide opportunity for pause on your way. The interventions need not be self promoting but rather echo quality, reliability and familiarity through the use of traditional materials and forms.
Promoting the Area
The proposal promotes increased footfall to the area, which in turn will encourage activation of the building façades. The new squares and forums provide opportunity for events, performance or exhibitions.