Clifton Suspension Bridge

Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge 100m above the River Avon. The project comprises two pedestrian walkways encircling the abutments at each end and passing beneath the bridge deck. The bridge is a suicide blackspot and the walkways provide visual and physical deterrents, with netting between the abutments and the circular walkways. The structures span clear of the abutments to cause minimal visual interruption to the historic bridge. An L-shaped weathering steel box beam, fixed on pendle props at each corner of the historic abutments, supports an outer fringe of stainless steel structure with a transparent grid deck. Dramatic new views of the gorge and the Grade 1 listed bridge are revealed as part of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust’s managed visitor experience.

Cake Industries carried out the structural engineering for this scheme in collaboration with the architects Brownlie Ernst & Marks.

Speculative Design 2019

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