Hams Way Footbridge in Worcester has received recognition by winning a top national award for bridges, which received entries from across the country.
The new footbridge, which offers improved crossing for pedestrians and cyclists over the A4440 Southern Link Road was joint winner of The Bridges Design Award for projects below £5 million.
The other joint winner was St Philips Footbridge in Bristol.
These awards, organised by Bridge Design and Engineering celebrate the ingenuity, project management and cooperative skills of the people involved in the design, construction and maintenance of bridges in the UK.
Worcestershire County Council and its partners, which included Alun Griffiths Ltd, Burroughs, Jacobs, COWI and Moxon Architects were praised by the judges for the great collaboration shown throughout all phases of the bridge design and construction.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor Alan Amos, said: “This is a great achievement for everyone involved in the work on Hams Way Footbridge and I’m pleased the team have received this recognition for their efforts.
“This bridge is an extremely important part of the wider Southern Link Road scheme and offers a further example of the Council’s commitment to improving walking and cycling routes across the county.”
The new bridge, which opened in December last year, is one of four crossings being installed as part of the wider Southern Link Road scheme. They include Crookbarrow Way Footbridge which also opened last year, Broomhall Way Footbridge, which will open later this year and an underpass near the Ketch roundabout which will be ready for use towards the end of the final phase of the Southern Link Road scheme.
The St Philips footbridge spans the River Avon, improving access to Temple Island, which is surrounded by the watercourse, two railway lines and a highway. The 50m-span and 4m-wide footbridge resolves a complex crossing problem: the connection of two banks with a significant level difference.
The bridge is a forked steel beam with a ramp for disabled people and cyclists and a staircase on the pedestrian ‘desire line’. A holistic architectural, functional and structural approach results in a bridge that is compact and clearly legible for users while being architecturally distinctive.
The bridge is planned as a catalyst for urban regeneration, setting the new quality benchmark for the future development of the area.