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V&A Ceramic Galleries Bridge, London by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] This jewel-like bridge plays an important role in the ongoing development of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

The bridge provides a stepped escape route from the newly refurbished Ceramic Galleries across an external space to the adjacent Secretariat block. This functional requirement has been beautifully resolved with a dramatic and elegantly detailed structural form.

A simple folded, perforated stair plate is supported between angled portal frames arranged at regular centres. Shelter is provided overhead by an integrated glazed canopy and the whole composition is highlighted at night by an illuminated wall visible from Cromwell Road outside the Museum.

Start on site July 2009
Gross external floor area 10.4m²
Span 7.5m
Form of contract/procurement Traditional
Total cost £250,000
Client Victoria and Albert Museum
Architect Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Structural engineer Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon
Project manager Lend Lease Projects
Main contractor TP Aspinall & Sons

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