St. Philips Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Bristol

A Holistic Aesthetic, Structural and Functional Design


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: Footbridge 2017 Berlin - Tell A Story, 6-8.9.2017, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
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Year: 2017
DOI: 10.24904/footbridge2017.09802
Abstract: This article describes the story of the design of St. Philips footbridge in Bristol (UK), detailing the progression from early concepts into a fully realised solution to the particular challenges of the scheme. The number of functional, structural, and aesthetical constraints of this complex urban crossing of the River Avon are simultaneously addressed thanks to a holistic architectural and structural approach.

The bridge, a Y-shaped 50m-span and 4-m wide variable depth beam, will connect two river banks of very different elevation and appearance (one being a Victorian masonry wall and the other a green slope), just one of them will be developed to high architectural standards on the short term. Close to the site are two bridges with a strong visual character, and a proposed multipurpose entertainment venue.

Keywords: aesthetics, urban footbridge, holistic design, elastically fixed beam, functionality

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