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Most of the respondents to the initial consultation said they would like the bridge to be elegant, unobtrusive, and contemporary, with a neutral finish. Some feedback suggested the new bridge should reflect the industrial heritage of the area.
The bridge has been designed to respond to this feedback. The design was produced to meet the following objectives:
The latest design meets all these aspirations. It is slender and unobtrusive, with a sculptural unique geometry. The void created on the deck of the main span not only guides users away from the emergency staircase on the north quay but makes the structure lighter and more transparent, distinctive and memorable when the bridge is open, allowing views through the deck.
The steel structure of the bridge has been elegantly and subtly shaped to create light and shadow contrasts on its surfaces. This not only adds interest to the bridge form and makes it look lighter, but also helps to pay tribute to the area's heritage. The bridge resembles the soft curvy shapes of the base of the historic cranes that were once along the quays, or the hooks workers used to handle goods when the site was a commercial port.
Engravings on the steelwork at the north ends of the structure suggest how the bridge will open and are also a nod to the history of the site. Colours are neutral as per the feedback from the initial consultation, having used an elegant and complementary range of greys that makes the object blend with its surroundings.
This consultation has now closed.