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Taplow Bridge

Taplow, UK

Taplow footbridge looking East with kayaks on the river and pedestrians on the bridge

Taplow Bridge

Taplow, UK

Client

Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern)

Programme

2014 - 2018

Design Team

Knight Architects & COWI

Contractor

Land & Water and SH Structures

Awards

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.

Deck and parapet view looking north across the bridge
Abutment view of the Lower Thames footbridge
Close view of the handrail and parapet of the footbridge with people walking off the bridge in the distance

“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.”

– Andrew Saunders-Davies, Chairman Berkeley Homes
Early evening view down river looking West at the footbridge with Boulters Restaurant to the left
Abutment and parapet view of the footbridge from the river
Summery image of Thames Footbridge