Formed from large pre-cast concrete units this technically demanding project responds to its sensitive setting with a calm, gentle form.
The structure is deceptively light, with feet that appear to barely touch the surface of the water, but it is capable of taking full A-Road loads. Crash protection is provided by a system of purpose designed bollards and balustrades which enable almost uninterrupted views to and from the nearby water meadow. Use of this busy route was maintained throughout the construction period, with each complete side of the bridge being erected within a single weekend. The bridge has a design life of 120 years, and requires minimal maintenance. The materials were carefully selected to respond to the stone and colours of Sudbury and to ensure they will not pollute the River Stour.
Civic Trust AwardCivic Trust (Special Lighting) Award
Suffolk Preservation Society – Alfred Williams Prize for 21st Century Architecture
Local Government News Street Design Competition – Winner of the Waterways Category
CABE Building Sights Award – Highly Commended
This project is an excellent example of how local consultation achieved positive results in difficult circumstances. There was strong community involvement… A very good design was also achieved.— CABE Building Sites Award
One of the most satisfying aspects of the project was the sense of teamwork and “can do” attitude, which was characteristic of those working on the project.— Client, Suffolk County Council