IStructE Structural Award for Pedestrian Bridges

Meads Reach Bridge, Bristol | Niall McLaughlin Architects

The structure is a single box with integral up-stands. The geometry is complex, with variation in depth, curvature in elevation and variation in width across the span. It is entirely fabricated from stainless steel, with internal stiffening to improve structural efficiency. Laser cutting and bespoke software were used to cut the stainless steel plates, which were then formed into the final geometry as a series of interconnected cylindrical components. This combined accuracy with economy in the fabrication process.  

Judges' comment:
Both an outstanding work of art and a highly innovative structure. The deceptively simple solution is a key feature of the Temple Quay regeneration in Bristol. 

Source: Institution of Structural Engineers