Somers Town Bridge

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  • © Simon Kennedy
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  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
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  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Camden

Information about this scheme

The Somers Town Bridge connects Granary Square and Central Saint Martins to Camley Street, providing an important east-west and north-south link across the Regent’s Canal for pedestrians and cyclists alike. It achieves the extraordinary feat of being both new and looking as if it has always been there.  Astonishingly elegant and well detailed, it creates an effortless and gently sloping route from what will soon be a crowded development - the Victorian Coal Drop Yard to the nature reserve of Camley Street. Every aspect of the functionality of a bridge has been provided for and integrated into a single impression.  The non-slip finish, contrasting finishes, lighting and signage are detailed into a seamless whole. The bridge has been designed to exceed the requirements laid down in the Department for Transport (DfT) 'Design Manual for Roads and Bridges' as well as the Transport for London (TfL) 'London Cycling Design Standards' for a mixed use, accessible and unsegregated public bridge. The bridge has utility, elegance, confidence and charm - a perfect fusion of engineering and design.

Credits

Client

Argent King's Cross

Architect

Moxon Architects Ltd

Structural Engineer

ARUP

Main Contractor

Carillion Plc

Other

SH Structures

Primary Use Class

Class E1b - Bridges/Tunnels