Bridge link elevates active travel in Worcester
April 28 2021
Moxon Architects have delivered a 42m main span pedestrian and cycle crossing over Hams Way, Worcestershire, in a joint venture with consultancy group COWI and highways engineer Burroughs.
Part of a sequence of infrastructure improvements by Worcestershire County Council designed to improve sustainable transport the bridge link segregates cyclists and pedestrians from 30,000 vehicles a day on the busy Powick Roundabout between Worcester and the Malvern Hills.
Built off-site to minimise traffic disruption, the lightweight steel trussed-arch main span is supported on leaning concrete piers to create a ‘floating’ illusion. It is reached via a series of multi-span approach ramps as well as a staircase to the north, bringing the total length to 300m.
Moxon managing director Ben Addy said: ‘With the design of the new Hams Way Footbridge the team sought to elevate what is an often overlooked bridge-type through a particular focus on the user experience."
The bridge forms part of the Worcester Southern Link Road and replaces a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing on one of the busiest roads in the county.