[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Construction has begun on a £5.9million new pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing the Thames in Reading by Design Engine
The 120m-long bridge spans 68m over the River Thames.
The new bridge will be located to the east of Fry’s Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges, and will provide access from Caversham into the town centre and to Reading train station.
The bridge is expected to complete in summer 2015.
The architect’s view
The design of the new bridge has been driven by the need to create a well balanced and elegant structure which complements this beautiful and unique location over the Thames and next to Fry’s Island. The main deck of the bridge is delicately supported by cables fanning out from a single specially designed mast. The bridge deck gently curves around the mast where seats are incorporated offering a place to pause and take in the fantastic views along the river. The Southern approach ramp, which hugs the existing towpath, has been designed as a counterpoint to the main bridge and is constructed from weathered steel which, along with the design of the balustrading, echoes the patterns of river reeds along parts of the Thames in this area.
Type of project pedestrian and cycle bridge
Architect Design Engine
Client Reading Borough Council
Structural engineer Peter Brett Associates
Contractor Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering
Funding Reading Borough Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund
Start on site November 2014
Completes Summer 2015
Budget £5.9 million