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Moxon submits plans for walkway under Thames bridge at Chiswick


A proposed new footbridge along the bank of the River Thames in west London designed by Moxon Architects has been submitted to planners

Linking to the Thames Path, the curved structure would sit beneath the Grade II-listed Barnes Bridge in Dukes Meadow.

The practice is working with CampbellReith consulting engineers on the Chiswick scheme for the London Borough of Hounslow.

Moxon Architects described the structure as a ‘half-through truss form with distinctive bracing members angled to maximise oblique views to the river’. It added that a ‘meandering’ alignment would encourage views up and downstream as well as into a nearby nature reserve.

The project would use offsite prefabrication and river transport to reduce disruption and carbon consumption during construction.

Moxon Architects associate Ezra Groskin said: ‘The intention is to develop an affordable, efficient and honest solution that is easy to construct and pleasing to use. With a modest and refined appearance, the bridge will sit respectfully below the existing landmark structure, referencing its form without competing for attention.’

Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran said: ‘Dukes Meadows is an incredible asset for Hounslow, achieving over 1 million visits per year. The new Dukes Meadows footbridge is an iconic structure that will no doubt add character to the area and, we hope, be appreciated for generations to come.’



Project details

Location Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, London
Type of project Infrastructure
Client London Borough of Hounslow
Architect Moxon Architects
Project Manager and QS Currie & Brown
Landscape design Moxon Architects
Structural engineer CampbellReith
Lighting design Moxon Architects 

Dukes meadow cloudy c21

Dukes meadow cloudy c21


Readers' comments (4)

  • Bridges over the Thames are like buses? You wait, and 3 come along at once!

    We are also planning to build a bridge, this time from Brentford to Kew Gardens, and We will also be looking to LB Hounslow for seed funding. Hopefully they won’t have spent all their CIL and S106 money on one of their more affluent suburbs?

    The more the merrier.

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  • As I understand it, it is planned to go alongside the river, rather than over it, as in "across". Anyway, I walk along there often, and I am quite happy with the dog-leg tunnel under the railway line as it is. When I see the word "iconic", I reach for my gun.
    I won't hold my breath.
    One from Brentford to Kew Gardens would be far more useful.
    Grace KENNY

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  • 'Affordable, efficient and honest solution' of 'modest and refined appearance' - really? - and if there's already a continuous footpath at this point then the council and the designers are laying themselves wide open to accusations of splashing money on a vanity project.
    And rather an inelegant one, at that.

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  • What happens when the Thames rises in flood conditions? Will the walkway be submerged? The Lower Thames has not been dredged for 20 years. Many flood arches on Thames bridges have been blocked and climate change causes more intense rainfall. Is this construction a form of tree and boat catching device? I watch with interest!

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