Sheffield Parkway Footbridge Competition

May 2008
  • Sheffield Parkway Footbridge
  • Sheffield Parkway Footbridge
  • Sheffield Parkway Footbridge
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May 2008
Sheffield Parkway Footbridge
Sheffield Parkway Footbridge
Sheffield Parkway Footbridge
Sheffield Parkway Footbridge

A RIBA competition was held to design a new footbridge in Rotherham, outside Sheffield, for which I was commissioned to create attractive images by a+j burridge architects.

The intention was to create both a pleasurable route for the pedestrian & other recreational users and a larger landscape sculpture.

The design is composed of 2 elements – steel ‘trees’ and a timber ribbon walkway that glides through the landscape and is lifted through the canopy of the existing wood. It is a simple, low tech, sustainable bridge that has a minimum impact on the forest. Clad in timber boarding, the timber bridge is decorated with a leaf motif cut out which sparkles when lit at night. The steel trees are introduced to lift the walkway through the forest and across the road. When lit at night they provide a reference to Sheffield and Rotherham’s heavy industrial heritage.