Poole Bridge

Design for a new opening road bridge across Poole Harbour, providing a vital new highways connection to relieve traffic congestion and to act as the focus for riverside regeneration. The bridge has to open frequently to allow boats to pass.

The opening section is counter-balanced by 70m tall tapering arms which are visible from a distance, signalling to vehicles and boats whether bridge is open or closed. The rolling bascule is operated by an innovative opening mechanism.

Client: Poole Borough Council

Cost: £14 million

Status: International Competition 2002

Team: McDowell+Benedetti, Arup, KGAL, Richard Wentworth, Nye Parry

Building Design, Architects’ Journal, local BBC TV and radio, various local & regional newspapers