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Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Lockmeadow Footbridge

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AEA award for use of extruded aluminium, £1,000

Wilkinson Eyre's design for a new pedestrian bridge across the River Medway is situated at a sensitive location at the historic core of Maidstone in Kent. The new bridge connects the town to new developments on the Lockmeadow floodplain.

The design employs an extremely shallow deck and a substantially transparent balustrade to provide a minimal profile.

The deck, in contrast to conventional techniques, combines both the structure and decking in a single element as long aluminium extrusions. A serrated top surface provides a self-finished, non-slip traffic surface, while the extrusion below provides a spanning structure of minimal depth.

The bridge responds to the multifarious demands of its location with an awareness of context and a confidence in composition.

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