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.’
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
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