Foster + Partners are a London-based firm, selected from a shortlist of five teams to design a new crossing over River Orwell in Ipswich. The competition was managed by the RIBA. The London-based company won the contest, presenting a project of two bridges across the river, that will be divided into different strands to create a “civilized shared public realm for all”, offering separated routes for a vehicle, pedestrians, and cyclists.
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“The design of the bridges focuses on enhancing the experience of crossing the Orwell River, increasing interconnectivity and reducing congestion in the town center,” said the head of design at Foster + Partners.
“The project also offers the opportunity to consider the design of the bridges in a wider urban context, creating new promenades and public spaces between the riverfront, inner harbor, and island,” he added.
Those two bridges will curve as they meet the banks of the river to create waterside promenades, improving connection to the town center and harbor. Along the river, the pathways connect with the second bridge, a taller structure approved by branching columns. Here you’ll also find separated trails for bikes, pedestrians, and cars.
The main goal of this construction is to diminish the traffic flow through the town center and to open up new public spaces along the River Orwell, including access to the lock that Foster + Partners will restore as part of its works.
“Ipswich holds a special place in our hearts,” said De Grey. “The Willis Faber Building was an including a project for the practice, and we are fascinated to have the opportunity to contribute to the town once more.”