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