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Waterbeach A10 Cycle Bridge

Cambridgeshire, UK

Waterbeach A10 Cycle Bridge

Cambridgeshire, UK

Client

Urban&Civic

Programme

2021 - 2023

Design Team

Knight Architects

Transforming active mobility through placemaking

Set in a rich landscape of inherited woodland around a 23 acre lake, Waterbeach Barracks is a new 716-acre development to the north of Cambridge city centre. The transport infrastructure throughout the site will embody the wider development's well-connected, sustainable and landscape-led design approach, with Knight Architects' unique bridge across the A10 supporting active mobility along the Mere Way cycleway for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

The 95m-long bridge will provide a distinctive architectural landmark for the development. The simple, elegant form reaches down to ground level at the entrance to the Barracks in a graceful sweep. The structure is instantly recognisable from the A10, the main road which runs parallel to the western edge of the development, and connects seamlessly with the active travel routes either side of the bridge, including to one of Cambridge’s largest employment centres – the Cambridge Science Park.

The form of the bridge pays homage to both the aviation history at Waterbeach and the natural fen-edge landscape in the area, while the contrasting use of white and dark grey in the sculpted edge beams and deck / parapet sections respectively help to accentuate the bridge's silhouette.