Beauty can be found in unexpected places but sometimes all it takes is a closer look. The Jarrold Bridge is an outstanding example of beauty hiding in plain sight.
The Jarrold Bridge is a double cantilever pedestrian bridge in Norwich which appear to float over the water. The cantilever design is both aesthetically pleasing as it is necessary; for traffic and minimizing environmental disruption.
“Ramboll associate Stephen James explains that the designers considered a smaller arch structure, but found the cantilever could better accommodate the clearances needed for both river traffic and the riverside cycleway, as well as fulfilling the practice’s wish to create a bridge with a sculptural quality.” Source: bdonline.co.uk
Taking a closer look, the bridge captures the gracefulness of the outdoors with its gentle gradient and fluid curve. The design almost emulating the ease of the waters below.
“The bridge has been engineered around a curved primary box beam which carries cantilever supports for the decking. The bending and torsion of the deck is resisted using a closed steel box beam.
The main structure is made from weathering steel which has been aged to reduce visual impact and to prevent any future run-off into the river. No applied finishes have been used anywhere on the bridge which reduces maintenance requirements and, therefore, lifetime cost.
The bulk of the deck was fabricated offsite and craned into position which reduced disruption to the river banks. The positioning of the bridge was timed so not to disrupt a local river cruise operator and was completed in a matter of hours over two days.” Source: R G Carter
Structural engineer Ramboll
Steelwork contractor SH Structures Ltd
Main contractor RG Carter Ltd
- ICE East of England Awards 2012 – Exceptional Merit for ‘Technical Excellence and Innovation’.
- The Structural Steel Design Awards 2012 – commendation for the high standard of design achieved.
- British Construction Industry Awards 2012 – short-listed in the Civil Engineering Project (up to £3m) category. The images at the top of this page show the visit from the judging panel.
- Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) held their annual ‘Structural Awards’. These are the highest accolade for Structural Engineering in the UK, with awards given for national and international projects in 12 categories. Jarrold Bridge won in the ‘Pedestrian Bridge’ category.
- Civic Trust Award 2013 – these prestigious awards honour projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of the built environment. From 263 national and international entries the Jarrold Bridge was one of only 32 projects to receive an award this year and the only one in the Eastern Region.
- Norwich Society Design Award 2013 – in the Civic category.
- EDP Business Award 2013 – for Design and Development.
- Footbridge Awards 2014 – winner medium span