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Brayford Wharf East Footbridge, Lincoln


The site constraints and client requirements presented a variety of challenges from the very outset of the design stage. The strict Network Rail requirements in relation to head height above the running rail and maintenance issues were significant factors in the evolution of the design. The close proximity to an adjacent road and the River Witham to the west meant that the zone for construction was also extremely confined. Additionally extensive existing service routes running beneath the site further complicated matters.


The innovative design consists of a dramatic central span lined with structural steel fins which are a reference to the areas rich industrial heritage. This span is supported by a pair of monolithic piers which taper to narrow bases minimising the impact on the existing pedestrian footpath in which they stand. The central span is reached by sleek staircases to the north and south which subtly stagger out over the river to meet with the cantilevered centre section.   


The end result is a dynamic and practical new piece of infrastructure for the city of Lincoln which has alleviated the pedestrian congestion along Brayford Wharf East and provided the city with an instantly recognisable new landmark.

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