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FRENCH FINESSE

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A sinuously curving bridge design by UK consultant Flint & Neill has been picked following a competition for a crossing of the River Oise in CompiÞgne, north east France. The structure, carrying a three lane road, cycle tracks and footpaths, consists of twin steel box girders stiffened by a shallow arch over the main river span and an underslung catenary in the side span. The bridge forms part of an urban regeneration project. Flint & Neill partner Ian Firth said that the over and under structural solution kept the top of the arch below the height of adjacent buildings. Footways are cantilevered from the structure to separate pedestrians from traffic and maximise their enjoyment of the river. Architect is French firm Explorations Architecture. Local engineer Terrell International and landscape architect Agence Ter are part of the winning team. Construction is due to start next year for completion in 2010.

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