Bath Quays Bridge will provide a new crossing point over the River Avon for pedestrians and cyclists; an alternative crossing point to Midland Bridge and Churchill Bridge to the west and east respectively. Ultimately the bridge will connect the proposed development sites of Bath Quays North and South and enhance the improved connectivity between the riverside and Bath city centre.
Choosing a new bridge for Bath
The bridge design was selected via an international design competition, commissioned by B&NES Council in 2015. 49 design teams were reduced to a shortlist of six by a panel of Council representatives and respected experts in the fields of bridge engineering and architecture.
The six short-listed designs were evaluated by the panel and exhibited at the Council's One Stop Shop and online with visitors invited to vote for their favourite. Following the exhibition, the panel evaluated the designs and selected Paris based engineering and architectural consultancy Marc Mimram's 'Between History and Modernity' as the winning design. The winning design was also the public's favourite.
Following the design competition and selection the winning team further developed the bridge plans which were shared with the public in September 2016. The feedback from this informed the preparation of the planning application which has now been consented, the planning application can be viewed at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathQuaysBridgePlans.
Now that planning permission has been granted work is expected to begin this year with the bridge completed by Spring 2018.
Children's Design a Bridge Top Trumps Competition
In tandem with the international design competition local children were invited to submit their own bridge design in the form of a 'top trump' style information card. Entries were judged on the basis of their creativity and imagination and all the entries were made up into two sets of Top Trump game cards.
Winners of the Under 8 age group.
Sydney Dix for 'The Sydney Bridge'
Runners up were Verity Hodges, William Frayling, Erin Willis and Greta Magnusson
9 and over winner
Ollie Hodges for Bath Quays Span
Runners up were Josh Critchley, Ella Worthington, Marina Lyndon and Alice Martin
Use of the Top Trumps trade mark with the kind permission of Winning Moves UK Ltd.
The competition was run in collaboration with the Architecture Centre and the Bridge150 celebrations.