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New Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge, UK

Visualisation of new Pooley Bridge crossing at a distance

New Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge, UK


Cumbria County Council


2017 - Ongoing

Concept Structural Engineer

Mott MacDonald


Eric Wright

Contractor Structural Engineer


When a community demands more than just function

Pooley Bridge (town) is the North-Eastern gate into the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a uniquely beautiful landscape. The original Pooley Bridge was a Grade II listed 3-span stone arch, built in 1764, which served as a critical link in the daily life of the area. The shock after its abrupt removal in the floods of December 2015 was partially relieved by the installation of a temporary Bailey Bridge three months later, but its ongoing presence is also a daily reminder of loss and vulnerability.

The new Pooley Bridge has been carefully designed following an intense stakeholder engagement process, listening to the community and focusing on their common aspirations to achieve a design that fits with their sense of identity and satisfies the technical standards.

The new bridge will be a 40m span open-spandrel arch bridge, carrying a single road lane and two pavements with a composite stainless steel and concrete structure. Its width varies between 7.5m and 9.5m.

Knight Architects’ scope comprises the stakeholder engagement process, options analysis, concept design, and client technical guidance through the detailed design and construction stages

“It is encouraging to see that the new bridge has such an elegant contemporary design, which is fitting for a village which owes its name to its river crossing”

– David James, Historic England
Close view visualisation of the new Pooley Bridge