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These are the slides we used to present our paper to a packed room of respected bridge builders from all over the world, during Footbridge 2014 in London

These are the slides we used to present our paper to a packed room of respected bridge builders from all over the world, during Footbridge 2014 in London

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1065. genesis of footbridge design, from a community perspective   radnor bridge ppt for footbridge 2014 1065. genesis of footbridge design, from a community perspective radnor bridge ppt for footbridge 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • Genesis of a footbridge from a community perspective Mark Wing - Interrelated Richard Woolf - McDanielWoolf Footbridges: Past, Present & Future 16-18 July 2014, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Pedestrian and cycle bridge Not a new idea • Separated by a distance of 100m of water • Two communities in the same borough • Belonging together; Twick ‘n’ Ham • Many proposals shared for a bridge – Protected views from Richmond Hill. Congested Twickenham town center – All in the wrong location… • Radnor Gardens was being overlooked • Yet it offers the most strategic location for a bridge – and could become a vital link in local social and economic development
  • Past, Present and Future Why – to build a river crossing Where – to build a river crossing What – to build How – to make it a reality
  • Why – to build a river crossing The borders of Richmond borough sit straddled across two sides of the River Thames
  • Why – to build a river crossing Existing bridges do not serve the community effectively • Fast A316 Twickenham Bridge • 18th Century stone arch Richmond Bridge • Woefully inadequate Teddington Lock Bridge
  • Why – to build a river crossing Convert the community ‘need’ for a footbridge into a desire to see it installed… Richard Woolf said (2010): “This particular river crossing will make a natural progression of landscape and urban designs long planned for this part of London, making it a very exciting project and one that must surely be built.”
  • Where – to build a river crossing
  • Where – to build a river crossing Strategic positioning Serving the needs of the wider population
  • Where – to build a river crossing Strategic positioning Serving the needs of the wider population 1. Radnor Gardens is the perfect mid-way point 2. It compliments the only other two existing crossings; Hammertons Ferry and Teddington Lock bridge 3. The natural land topology at this location allows for the appropriate space for the landing stages of a bridge on both sides of the river 4. A critical position from which to serve the borough’s residents 5. Aligned to the Arcadian landscape strategy for the area 6. Could help link all existing and planned local tourism initiatives – New Twickenham River pontoon and river taxi service – New home of the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana – Poetry trail; Alexander Pope – a vision for a Poetry Town
  • What – to build
  • What – to build Two guiding principles 1. Connecting two communities – Formal garden and natural landscape – A more open and inclusive neighbourhood – Two separated town within the same borough – Break down barriers, facilitate movement and goodwill 2. Working with the landscape – Natural topology of land both sides of the river – Timelessly interwoven into its surroundings – Most strategic advantage for the whole community – As if it has always been there
  • What – to build • Visual stimulation – An elegant architectural form delivering a picturesque solution that roles with the landscape and the Arcadian Thames • Protect and enhance the wildlife – Rich bio-diversity in Ham Lands • Improve rights to access – Connecting a garden to a natural landscape – Opening up previously inaccessible common land • Split level cycle and pedestrian paths – A quick cycle route for commuters – Pedestrians enjoy uninterrupted views • Transform local transportation options – Celebrate the dawning of the age of the bicycle
  • TA XI
  • How – to make it a reality
  • How – to make it a reality A reality check • First audience to be presented with our vision beyond the residential enclave where the Radnor Bridge will be sited Make our big idea public • Confident and able to take the next step …but what is the next step?
  • How – to make it a reality We believe it is three fold 1. Secure funding 2. Environmental audit 3. Commission surveys
  • How – to make it a reality We are very accessible and active on social media We are also on good talking terms with the local council (Mini-Holland strategy) We are keen to continue playing a key role in making this happen We’d like to hear from legacy risk takers like ourselves, with resources
  • Summary Engineering in a landscape • Connect two communities • Protect and enhance existing and future biodiversity • Improve accessibility to areas of natural and urban opportunity • Stimulate and improve social and economic development • Support an established landscape strategy, providing improved access to space and amenity
  • Summary Engineering in a landscape • Help shift the local value proposition beyond the global image of Twickenham as a rugby stadium • Shift political focus away from only ‘playing’ with the town centres to actually linking them • Deliver a vision of an exciting and beautiful piece of engineering in the landscape • Create a legacy for the enjoyment of generations to come
  • Summary Genesis of Past, Present and Future • Radnor Bridge will be an initiative of local needs coming together to realise something that can be seen as having national relevance
  • Summary Genesis of Past, Present and Future Innovative Transforming local transportation options Improving the right of access to valuable amenity space Split level cycle and pedestrian paths Uninterrupted views up and down the river Sustainable A permanent structure Passive technology Facilitating a reduction in local car journeys A new cycle route of national importance Elegant Using low key, naturally engineered materials Delivering a picturesque solution, which Roles with the landscape and the tradition of Arcadian Thames Economic Good for socio and economic development in the area, while An exemplar of community driven grass route funding
  • Thank you