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Marc Mimram’s Bath Quays Bridge wins planning

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Marc Mimram has secured planning permission for its competition-winning £2.5 million Bath Quays Bridge in central Bath, Somerset

Bath & North East Somerset Council approved the bridge earlier this month. It will be the first new crossing over the River Avon in Bath City Centre for more than a century.

The planning win comes a year and a half after Paris-based architecture and engineering practice Marc Mimram defeated Amanda Levete and Grimshaw in the contest for the 65m-long cycle and footbridge.

The open competition for a ‘simple and elegant’ £2.5 million crossing, was launched by the council in February 2015, and attracted 49 teams from around the world.

It is part of the authority’s £1 billion ‘Enterprise Area’ masterplan, which aims to regenerate 98ha of riverside land within the UNESCO-protected city over the next 15 years.

Marc Mimram’s scheme will be constructed at Bath Quays where new landscaping and mixed-use development are planned alongside a £6.22 million flood defences scheme, which has already won planning permission. Construction is expected to complete by spring 2018.

The council’s cabinet member for economic development, Patrick Anketell-Jones said: ‘The new Bath Quays Bridge across the river represents an important link in the Council’s ambition to create jobs and opportunities for local people.

‘As part of the wider riverside regeneration, the bridge will play a key role in connecting the city centre to the north and with the existing and future communities to the south and west.’

The finalists in full [in order]

  • Marc Mimram/Webb Yates
  • AL_A/AFA Consult
  • Flint & Neill/Moxon Architects
  • Grimshaw/Buro Happold
  • Heneghan Peng/Ove Arup
  • Price & Myers/McDowell & Benedetti
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  • Structural honesty doesn't always present itself as elegant, and the perception of the 'wasp waist' in the images might in reality be as off-putting to some pedestrians as the middle of the disconnected Tintagel footbridge proposal could prove to be..
    And doesn't the distribution of stresses that enables the skinny middle also apply to the extremities of the bridge at each landfall?

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