[T]he Cumbrian public are being asked for their views on the merits of spandrels and soffits as part of the process to design the new Pooley Bridge. But fortunately a knowledge of architectural terms isn’t strictly necessary.
Three different design options have been developed following consideration of the public feedback received during the first phase of consultation during July and August. A range of views were expressed, but the traditional appearance of the original bridge was highlighted by many as being one its best aspects. Hopes for the new bridge were more varied with some in favour a contemporary design but almost all stressing the importance of aesthetics. A summary of the feedback can be found online.
The options now being consulted on include:
- A suspension bridge
- A solid arched bridge
- A solid arched bridge with open spandrels (the almost triangular space between one side of the outer curve of an arch, a wall, and the ceiling or framework.)
Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s exciting to see these three designs and the process moving forward. We’ve had some excellent engagement with the local community in Pooley Bridge so far and we’re now keen to hear the views of as many people as possible. Hopefully this new bridge will last for generations, so it’s important that we get the design right. I’d encourage people to take the time to consider the options and share their feedback.”
The three designs proposed have common design aspects:
- The bridge should be high quality, aesthetically pleasant and sympathetic with the environment and a contribution to the identity of the village.
- The bridge must not contribute to further flooding and should preferably help to reduce flood risk. It should also withstand future floods
- Construction must happen with as little disruption and as quickly as possible.
- The bridge should allow for free open views to landscape in both directions.
- The bridge should be a safe crossing for all users. It will have a single vehicular lane controlled with traffic lights and two side walkways specific for pedestrians. These walkways are proposed to widen towards the bridge centre to create areas to stop and enjoy the views.
- The designs should incorporate part of the stone of the old bridge, but not in a structural way.
- The new bridge won’t be noisy as the temporary one.
The public now has until 28 September to share their views with the final design concept set to be presented in October. A third public engagement event will be held in Pooley Bridge in the second week of October, date to be confirmed. Details will be released closer to the time.
Construction of the new bridge is intended to begin in early summer 2018.
Feedback can be provided in number of ways: