Paris-based engineering and architectural consultancy Marc Mimram has won a competition to design a new bridge over the River Avon in Bath.
The pedestrian and cycle bridge is called ‘Between History and Modernity’ and will form part of the new Bath Quays business district.
Marc Mimram Architects and Engineers founding director Marc Mimram said: “I have built bridges all over the world but it has long been my ambition to build in the UK and I’m excited to be doing so in Bath. The city’s history and relationship with the River Avon has captivated me since my first visit and it was this that inspired our design for the bridge. Bridges have the capacity to transform cities, to build not just physical ties between locations, but symbolic bonds within communities. While being firmly rooted in Bath’s history and landscape this bridge connects Bath’s two new business districts and allows the city to look forwards towards future growth and transformation.”
A total of 50 architecture and engineering practices from the UK and beyond went through the initial competition application process, with a final shortlist of six. These were AL_A’s ‘Celeste’ in second place, followed by Flint & Neill’s ‘The Kink’, Grimshaw’s ‘Bath Segmental Bridge’, Heneghan Peng’s ‘I Bow’ and Price & Myers’ ‘Zig-Zag Bridge’.
Judges included structural engineers Jane Wernick Associates and US-based engineering consultants CH2M HILL.