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One of 17 design proposals for the new bridge at Quarry Road
One of 17 design proposals for the new bridge at Quarry Road

Internal News - 01 May 2007

Students design new bridge for Quarry Road

Final-year Civil Engineering students from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering have drawn up design proposals for a new footbridge to be built across Quarry Road, to the west of the University campus.

The geology at the site is classed as a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI) and the design brief specified that the bridge should be designed with sustainability and the local environment in mind. The new bridge will be built in the same location as the former timber footbridge, demolished last year on safety grounds.

Seventeen students have submitted designs for the project. At this stage, senior managers on campus are scrutinising the designs, as part of the shortlisting procedure. The intention is that one of the bridges will be built after the chosen design has been worked up in detail by a civil engineering consultant.

Professor Tim Ibell, Head of Department, who is coordinating the design project, said: “The students have achieved something quite extraordinary in a five-week period. They have produced a set of exciting, feasible and sustainable bridge designs for the Quarry Road crossing replacement.

“With the help of nationally-leading bridge engineers who have tutored on this project, the scope for choice amongst the 17 bridges leads to a tough decision for the University. The students should be rightly proud of their achievements."

The designs can be viewed online (see related links section) and will be exhibited in Building 6 East from 28-30 May.