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Council backs Knight's River Cam footbridge

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Cambridgeshire County Council has approved this foot and cycle bridge over the River Cam, designed by bridge specialist Knight Architects

The ‘ornate lattice U-beam structure’ will sit alongside an existing railway bridge in Ditton Meadows, north east of Cambridge city centre.

The £4.5million bridge forms part of the Chisholm Trail, expanding the capacity of Cambridge’s cycle network.


The architect’s view

The bridge itself takes the unique form of an ornate lattice U-beam, with a structural pattern wrapped around the deck. Cyclists will enjoy a wide deck on which a shallow kerb is used to clearly separate cycle traffic from pedestrian users. The inclined parapet follows a gently curving profile on which the intersecting ribs create a pattern of ‘picture window’ openings through which bridge users can enjoy views of the meadows.

Opportunities to stop, rest and enjoy the landscape are created by generous areas of seating at the bridge ends. A Cambridge Blue colour finish which complements the adjoining historic railway bridge is recessive in the natural environment and evokes the cultural and sporting context of the river. The approach ramps are designed as earthen embankments, screened by natural planting; a suitable appearance in the beautiful landscape of Ditton Meadows.

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  • As an aside, why hasn't anyone built a giant Anglepoise as an urban 'landmark' sculpture? - preferably working, choreographed say to the volume of traffic on a city roundabout..

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