Bridge over Thames scoops award

by Marco Cillario Thu 7 April 2016, 12:54 pm

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames in Reading has won an award for its design and contribution to the local community.

Christchurch Bridge was praised in the south-east category at the 57th annual Civic Trust awards on 4 March.

The awards recognise projects with high-quality architecture, which demonstrate sustainability, are accessible to all users and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

The new bridge, which includes a 39m mast, links existing paths through Christchurch Meadows, to the north – and improved foot and cycle paths to the South, which connect, via Norman Place, to Vastern Road and Reading Station.

Development consultancy Peter Brett Associates was responsible for the technical design of the bridge, and Design Engine Architects for the structure.

Construction, carried out by Balfour Beatty. It started in October 2014 and ended in the summer of 2015, and opened to the public last September.

“The Civic Trust award comes less than six months after the bridge opened, and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the planning, design and construction phases,” said Tony Page, Reading Council's lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport.

He added that the bridge had become established both as a major landmark in the region and as a key route for pedestrians and cyclists.

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