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Bridge link elevates active travel in Worcester

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April 28 2021

Bridge link elevates active travel in Worcester

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.

Photography by Simon Kennedy
Photography by Simon Kennedy
Top and bottom chords meet on a tight curve at the ends of the arches, masking support bearings
Top and bottom chords meet on a tight curve at the ends of the arches, masking support bearings

1 Comment

DaviE
#1 Posted by DaviE on 30 Apr 2021 at 11:22 AM
That is ...superb. But not in Scotland

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