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Knight Architects to design replacement for bridge destroyed in Lake District floods

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Knight Architects has won a contract to design a replacement bridge over the River Eamont in the village of Pooley Bridge, the Lake District 

The 45-metre long crossing will be a replacement for the historic 18th-century stone arch Pooley Bridge (pictured) and the village’s namesake, which was destroyed by devastating floods as a result of Storm Desmond in December 2015. A temporary bridge has been in place since March 2016.

Knight Architects will work around the temporary bridge and develop the design with Cumbria County Council.

Martin Knight, director at Knight Architects, said: ’Bridges often mean a lot to people on a personal level and this is felt most deeply when they are destroyed.

’The project brings the opportunity for Pooley Bridge to permanently put the terrible 2015 floods behind it and we are delighted to work with the community and Cumbria County Council to design a fitting replacement, which is in harmony with this beautiful setting and of which they will be proud.’

Work on the scheme will start immediately.

Knight Architects has recently completed a 50-metre bridge across the River Avon in Bath – the first new bridge in the World Heritage city for more than 100 years – and has designed other bridges including the £600 million Mersey Gateway and the A55 Third Menai Crossing.

Project data

Location River Eamont at Pooley Bridge in the Lake District
Type of project Highway Bridge
Client Cumbria County Council
Architect Knight Architects
Structural engineer Mott MacDonald
Funding Publicly funded via the Cumbria County Council Infrastructure Recovery Programme
Tender date Q3/4 2017
Start on site date Subject to agreement with Environment Agency
Gross internal floor area 45m length, single carriageway
Form of contract and/or procurement Design & Build

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