The Promenade and Clifton Down are characterised by grand palatial villas from the Victorian (1837-1900) and Regency (1811-1836) periods. A classical stone arch bridge design is proposed to compliment the unique architectural characteristics of the surrounding area. The stone arch bridge would reflect the key building material of the surrounding buildings and high standards of quality.
The bridge would have three 14m long spans with slender piers and arches, allowing for full highway traffic on Bridge Valley Road.
The visual impact of the bridge would be very small. The abutments and piers would be largely obstructed by trees and vegetation and only limited sections of the bridge could be seen from any direction at any time. The bridge would be built out of limestone similar to Bath stone and harmonise well with both the unique natural and built environments.
The high quality structure would create a landmark for Bristol, physically reconnect the Downs and offer safe and accessible crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. Being the first stone arch bridge to be built for the past 100 years in the UK and Europe, the bridge would also provide the unique opportunity to re-discover the art of building stone bridges, create a new industry sector for Bristol and the South West, offer new carrier opportunities, apprenticeship and educational programmes, involve the local community, history, arts, heritage and inspire future generations.
The idea for a pedestrian bridge was initiated by FOD+AG but has had no funding to date. The design, consultation process and putting the planning application together have all been done entirely on a voluntary basis. As Bristol City Council has no funding available to pay for a bridge, raising funding for the entire design and construction would be generally difficult, if at all possible. Any team willing to submit a design proposal would have to do it free of charge as well as raise funding for the construction on a voluntary basis. While raising funding for a bridge would be generally difficult, the proposed classical stone bridge initiative with its wide range of educational, employment, sustainability, long-term economic and strategic benefits is however likely to enable funding to be raised through a range of sources. It is anticipated, that if planning permission is granted, finance will be possible to raise.
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