Ian Ritchie Architects with Schlaich Bergermann und Partner won the competition from a shortlist of six international teams in 2006 to design a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon. It bridges the town to the recreation grounds, the latter lying within the flood plain of the Avon.
Our proposal clearly springs from the idea of ‘stepping up’ to cross the river. Our bridge design is simple, minimal and elegant in order to respect the beauty and history of its location in Stratford-upon-Avon.
We chose the shallowest arch that the team felt could be engineered. A classic form but with a breathtaking profile whose lightness of form and presence will limit its visual and physical impact upon the site.
A modest landscaped berm on the low side leads to the bridge which lands between trees directly onto the bank of the Shakespeare Memorial Gardens. It achieves its form while clearing the navigation channel requirements and never exceeding DDA ramp inclines.
Its structure will be made of stainless clad steel, its balustrades of stainless chain-mail, and its anti-slip stainless deck of a specially profiled ribbing baased on the randomness of raindrops.
LED Lighting from beneath the handrail will reduce as it approaches the recreation ground side of the bridge.
There is no piling required, and it will be erected from three pre-fabricated elements.
Warwickshire County Council unexpectedly cancelled the project in 2007.
2006 West Midlands Architects of the Year 2006 Insider Awards