I took some time out after a shopping trip to Sainsbury’s in Ashford recently and strolled over the (now not-so) new foot bridge that joins the Eureka and Warren Business parks together. Great for getting to the cinema!
It was conceived by a practice based in far away Dundee: Nicoll Russell Architects and according to their website it is designed to create a kind of memorable gateway to Ashford. Jacobs did the engineering and overall I think it is a success despite gaining early and unfortunate local notoriety as as suicide point – not something you can lay at the door of the designers who have certainly created a visually striking structure.
I know it should be obvious but when I got up close to the QEII bridge I was amazed by just how substantial the main support towers of this bridge are. From a distance it looks like a thin delicate web like structure but it really is anything but.
This is another image from the session I did on the first day of the year – this time a bit closer up!
And looking up…
The Christmas & New Year break also provided a perfect opportunity to do more work on the London Panoramas series. The last time I worked in this was about 8 months ago so I visited a very busy Trafalgar Square on Boxing Day and a very quiet River Thames on New Years day.
The QE2 Bridge was completed in 1991 to a design by the German Engineer Helmutt Homberg. It was to be his last project and he died a year before the bridge opened. The structure was built by the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company (Part of the Trafalgar House Group) and with it’s main deck span of 450m it was, at the time of it’s completion Europe’s largest cable supported bridge, now superceded by the Second Severn Crossing amongst others.