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Firm Granted Approval for Timber-Clad Bridge

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Bridge design firm Knight Architects, working in collaboration with engineering firm WSP, was recently granted permission to build a timber-clad pedestrian bridge in South Wales, a structure that will stand above flood water levels.

The 61-meter-long (203-foot-long) bespoke, glue-laminated footbridge was commissioned by Monmouthshire County Council to provide a safer, quieter alternative for pedestrians and cyclists, away from the nearby highway that connects the town of Abergavenny to the village of Llanfoist.

Timber-Clad Bridge

Crossing the River Usk 100 meters downstream of the original structure, the new Lianfoist bridge will be composed of a two-span through beam—25 meters and 36 meters, respectively—with a timber and stainless-steel deck with a 3-meter-wide U-shaped cross section. According to WSP, these side beams act like parapets, and are protected with a geometric timber protective cladding.

WSP

Bridge design firm Knight Architects, working in collaboration with engineering firm WSP, was recently granted permission to build a timber-clad pedestrian bridge in South Wales, a structure that will stand above flood water levels.

An intermediate concrete pier with four stainless-steel arms supports the deck. The approach ramps are designed as green embankments, placing the bridge above flood water levels.

“This project is particularly exciting for us as it will not only provide a greatly improved crossing route for the local communities, but will be an elegant, understated structure clad in timber—such a versatile material that is often underused in contemporary bridge structures,” said Knight Architects’ Associate Héctor Beade-Pereda.

“We wanted to ensure that the bridge will offer a harmonious addition to the sensitive setting, as well as being a functional structure which addresses the tricky site conditions and provides a more appropriate amenity for users.” 

The Welsh Government granted 864,000 pounds ($1,099,950) toward the project. Construction is slated to begin in 2019.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; EU; Europe; Infrastructure; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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