The design contract for a new landmark pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire has been awarded to engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP.
A new foot and cycle bridge, located in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, will offer a safer, traffic-free crossing of the River Great Ouse.
The design is to be based on a suspension bridge concept prepared by Knight Architects and will be one of the few recent suspension footbridges in the UK.
WSP will explore innovative use of materials for the bridge deck and parapets, in order to create a bridge fit for the future, which could potentially include looking at composite materials.
The bridge itself will have a main span of circa 65m and the site in which the bridge will rest is within one of the most important vistas of St Neots and in proximity to the site of the St Neots Priory and The Maltings (kiln), which are two Scheduled Ancient Monument.
“We are thrilled to be appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council to design a landmark bridge that will enable better connectivity and growth for the town”, explains Stephen Pottle, Highways Sector Lead at WSP. “With the site used for key events throughout the year, we will be carefully considering the site’s location throughout the entirety of the planning and preliminary design phase.
Councillor Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee, said: “The new foot and cycle bridge will link up key destinations in St Neots and make it easier and safer for walkers and cyclists to get around the town.
“The suspension bridge that WSP are designing will be elegant and environmentally considerate, which will work well at the chosen location. We want to encourage more people to get out of their cars – and this bridge will provide a safer, traffic-free route across the river, as well as improving infrastructure and bringing economic prosperity to the town.
“By encouraging walking and cycling, we’re promoting healthier lifestyle choices that will also help to reduce air pollution and ease congestion in St Neots.”