Fisherman's Bridge, Lake District National Park

Honey Architecture, Cumbria, 2009

 

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Fisherman's Bridge; uprights cut at specific heights play a note when struck 

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Rusted steel deck built above the flood level of a river in Lake District, allowing locals to cross all year round

Spanning 14 metres, the elemental shape of the bridge responds to the forces it carries; deep at mid span where the loads are greatest, and slender at the edges.

The rusted hues of the bridge complement the remarkable landscape. The deck is static and immutable; the uprights sway with the movement of people crossing.

Parametrically modelled and structurally optimised on the computer, the resultant form was unwrapped to produce steel templates that could be CNC plasma cut, being folded into shape and welded together to create the right monolithic deck. Fabrication and installation was by local crafts people.

Data

  • Begun: Sep 2008
  • Completed: Sep 2009
  • Floor area: 25m2
  • Sectors: Public realm, Transport
  • Total cost: £17,500
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: Negotiated Contract
  • Address: Church House, Ulpha, Broughton-in-Furness, The Lake District, Cumbria, LA20 6DX, United Kingdom

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