This concept for a new pedestrian bridge in Salford was developed in response to an international design competition held by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The bridge is to form the centrepiece of the new Irwell River Park, a key regeneration project strengthening links between Salford and Manchester.
We approached the brief as an exciting opportunity to construct an eye catching landmark structure that not only offers practical benefits to pedestrian connections in Salford but also addresses the two contrasting urban zones between which it will span; built up area and park land.
A journey by foot can be a perfunctory task or something done at leisure. Our design aims at giving all pedestrian trips a more pleasant experience, whatever their reason to be walking from A to B… Our design tries to bring a little slice of the greenery and vitality of the Meadows and parkland over to the roadside, to bring the meadow experience a little closer or extend it a little farther depending on the direction of travel. A delicate wire suspension bridge becomes a horizontal trellis of sorts and the concrete anchors required to hold the cables in place become planted landmarks of their own.
Our siting of the bridge is an attempt to tie it into to the fabric of Salford’s past, as if setting up a new grand vista from the historic crescent to the meadows and beyond.