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Architects Win Approval to Replace English Bridge

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Knight Architects recently won the approval to build a replacement bridge over the River Eamont, located in England’s Village of Pooley Bridge, Cumbria.

The previous bridge—an original three-arch stone bridge built in 1764—had been washed away by Storm Desmond in December 2015.

A temporary bridge has been in place for the past three years.

Plans to Replace

First appointed to the project in 2017, engineering firm Knight Architects has been working with The Prince’s Foundation and the Environment Agency to develop a respectful, contemporary design that could also withstand future flooding.

By 2018, the project was tendered. The Eric Wright Group was appointed as the main contractor from Cumbria County Council’s civils framework under a design and build contract. Together, Wright and Knight developed a design that was then submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority in February 2019.

BBC reported in March that the Cumbria County Council had awarded the contract to build a permanent structure replacement.

Diane Bourne, from Eric Wright Civil Engineering, said, "We will ensure that the new Pooley Bridge not only provides resilience against extreme bad weather in the future, but that it continues to connect the community for generations to come."

Councilor Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and transport, described the design as “outstanding.”

"All work to date [and] the timescale has taken account of local feedback. We have specifically avoided disruption in their peak tourism season,” added Little.

The Design

Slated to stand at the same point as the original structure, the new 40-meter-long (131-foot-long) road and twin pedestrian crossing will encompass a single flat arch formed in stainless steel.

As described by Knight Architects, the bridge will also feature a concrete infill within the arch, thus providing “additional strength and stiffness while the open spandrels maximize transparency along the river.”

Cumbria County Council is funding the project as a part of its 120-million-pound ($154 million) Infrastructure Recovery Program. Thus far, the program has delivered more than 1,200 schemes following Storm Desmond in 2015.

Construction on the project is expected to begin immediately, with a completion date set for the Easter holiday in 2020.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Bridges; Bridges; Building operations; Construction; Contractors; Design build; EU; Europe; Program/Project Management; Upcoming projects

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