Cross purposes Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects and structural engineer Techniker have won a design competition for two pairs of bridges, each supported on a thicket of spindly poles.
The £800,000 bridges are to cross two creeks in Rochester, north Kent. The poles are made of 75 mm diameter carbon fibre. They are intended to evoke the reedbeds below, support two parallel timber decks, one of which rises for cyclists while the other dips for pedestrians. The competition was sponsored by Medway Council and organised by Kent Architecture Centre. The council intends to sell off 11 km of riverfront sites named Rochester Riverside to developers, who will then take responsibility for building the bridges.
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