Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern)
2014 - 2018
Knight Architects & COWI
Land & Water and SH Structures
Chiltern Building Design Award 2019
Construction News Specialist Award 2019
Civic Trust Award 2019 (Commendation)
Structural Steel Design Award 2019
Living Waterways Awards - Built Environment 2019 (Runner-Up)
A romantic vision of architecture and engineering
When residential developer Berkeley Homes took on the challenge of regenerating a significant post-industrial site alongside the River Thames in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, it was obvious their plans had to embrace the river.
This elegant footbridge was designed to improve the Thames Path, providing a new traffic-free recreational route for residents and public alike, and bringing the two riverside communities together. Newly-created gardens lead to the bridge as part of the new Taplow Riverside public realm, giving access to the attractive Victorian pleasure gardens and a small cafe on Ray Mill Island.
It is a quintessentially English location, enhanced by the picturesque reflections on the steelwork, but it is a bridge whose design is inspired by the famous arches of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s nearby Maidenhead Railway Bridge, whose “widest and flattest brick arches in the world” are echoed in the slender new steel box structure.
“Development is all about place making and it’s not just about the beautiful homes that we build, this type of project is a great example of how we can bring new and existing communities together.”