The Kennet and Avon Canal in Hungerford was in need of a new footbridge to provide a safe link between the North and South sides of Hungerford for pedestrians, especially those with buggies or in wheelchairs.
The new structure had to fit into the surrounding environment, complementing the existing, listed brick arch road bridge without physically touching it.
CTS Bridges designed the footbridge in accordance with the wishes of local people. The structure sits immediately adjacent to the old bridge on cantilever columns, giving the appearance of being part of it without coming into contact.
The geometry required beams bent to shape in two direction on plan and elevation to match the shape of the existing bridge wall. CTS used 3D modelling software to progress the design into fabrication and as a result, the steelwork fitted perfectly when it was installed on site.
The bridge was installed during a night time road closure to minimise disruption. Despite the unsociable hour, the installation attracted a crowd of onlookers who applauded as the crane lifted in the bridge in sections.
CTS joiners completed the final timber work in-situ to create a seamless transition between the new and old structures.
The bridge was completed in March 2012 and officially opened later in connection to the Queen’s diamond Jubilee celebrations.
CTS worked on the scheme with main contractor Alun Griffiths Contractors who were pleased to deliver the bridge on time, on budget and with minimum disruption.