Residents of a new development beyond the Cam are now connected to Cambridge city centre by a steel pedestrian and cycle bridge that snakes across the water and adjacent flood plain. On the city bank, the long curving approach is an elevated metal deck that stands on small steel piers — and we worked with artist Gerry Judah to create dedicated rest areas on both sides of the way.
The main span is supported by an inclined steel arch that rises up through the bifurcated deck. Cyclists pass on one side and pedestrians on the other. The segregated footway and cycle path balance each other structurally as well as visually: splitting the deck enabled us to minimize the tube of the arch.
The arch is restrained by slender steel cable strung across the tapering arms of six painted steel wishbones. A wire balustrade and tubular steel handrail complement the structure's spare grace.