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Green-light for WSP's South Wales footbridge

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Planning permission has been granted for a timber-clad pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Usk in South Wales, designed by Knight Architects and WSP.

The route, which will connect the town of Abergavenny and the village of Llanfoist, crosses the river 100m downstream of the existing Grade II listed highway bridge which serves the area at present.

Knight Architects and WSP, commissioned by Monmouthshire County Council, have designed a structure that comprises a two-span through beam with a timber and stainless-steel deck that has a 3m wide U-shaped cross section.

The bridge’s side beams are also set to act as parapets and are protected with a geometric timber protective cladding.

An intermediate concrete support pier with four stainless steel arms is also set to act as a cutwater to flood waters which can be experienced along the Usk Valley.

The approach ramps have also been designed as embankments that appear as a natural alteration of the existing topography, raising the bridge structure above flood water levels.

WSP project manager Steve Heaney said: “One of our key objectives of the project was to deliver a solution which will promote active travel for the local community and also address the onerous conditions which the public currently face.

“We can now look forward to moving towards construction of this architecturally elegant, innovative and functional footbridge.”

Knight Architects’ associate Héctor Beade-Pereda, added: “This project is particularly exciting for us as it will not only provide a greatly improved crossing route for the local communities, but will be an elegant, understated structure clad in timber – such a versatile material that is often underused in contemporary bridge structures.”

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