Knight Architects

Merchant Square Bridge

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Knight Architects

Photos courtesy of Peter Cook, Edmund Sumner and Knight Architects

Merchant Square Bridge

Knight ArchitectsarchmarathonKnight Architects
9 castle street high wycombe bucks hp136rz
www.knightarchitects.co.uk
Category:
Urban Design & Public Spaces
Project selected:
Merchant Square Bridge
Location:
London, UK
Year:
2014
Winner of Urban Design & Public Spaces category

Jury motivation: It shows a creative relationship between architecture, engeneering and urban design.

The competition-winning design for the replacement opening footbridge at Paddington Basin spans 20m across the Grand Union Canal at the heart of the new waterside Merchant Square development.
The brief called for a piece of architecture that would provide a focal point to an area of waterfront public space that will be opened at least once a week.
The design concept is both simple and spectacular: a 3m wide cantilevering deck is hinged at its north end and is raised using hydraulic jacks with an action similar to that of a Japanese fan.
The aim was to create an elegant, innovative design that utilised proven technologies, resulting in a structure that would have a significant impact on its locality.
The design has been considered in respect to the high quality new architecture and landscape, and from elevated as well as ground level viewpoints.
The five steel beams forming the deck open in sequence and shaped counterweights assist the hydraulic mechanism and reduce the energy required to move the structure.
In motion it is an eye-catching kinetic sculpture which is well suited to the position in Merchant Square. When in its lowered position, the five fingers had to create a flat, almost seamless walking surface.
This meant all members of the design team had to work to a high degree of accuracy to ensure the end result would have a clean finish and be of the highest quality.

(ratings closed)



Knight Architects

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Knight Architects is a specialist architectural consultancy working exclusively in the field of bridge and infrastructure design. Formed in 2006, the practice was founded on the unique experience, skills and passion for bridge design which Martin Knight has built up over more than eighteen years in leading architecture and engineering practice.
The studio now comprises a skilled team with extensive experience and market-leading skills working on projects around the world, yet it remains true to its founding principles: that good design is vital and that memorable and beautiful solutions are based on a clear understanding of function, context, budget and time.
Services range from whole design services to limited scope contracts including concept design, site services, and specialist tasks such as brief‐writing, parapet design and colour consultancy.
The practice is familiar with a wide range of procurement routes on projects of all types and sizes, and works for clients including national and local authorities, regeneration companies, private developers, infrastructure providers, consulting engineers and contractors.
Our projects are often in high-profile or sensitive locations and in the cultural and political spotlight, and we are skilled at creating appropriate, beautiful and contextual designs which blend architectural sensitivity, economy and engineering efficiency.

Main projects:
– Merchant Square Footbridge, London, UK
– Lower Hatea River Crossing, Whangarei, New Zealand (265m-long opening road bridge over tidal Hatea River)
– Campusbrücke, Opladen, Germany (106m-long footbridge over railway lines)
– Town Centre Link, London, UK (innovative pedestrian crossing over 11 railway lines)
– Regent’s Canal footbridge, London, UK (understated 27m pedestrian crossing over Regent’s Canal)

Work in progress:
– Mersey Gateway, Cheshire, UK (major 2.4km cable-stayed road bridge over River Mersey)
– Kruunusillat, Helsinki, Finland (1.2km tram, cycle and pedestrian crossing of main bay)
– Destructor footbridge, Bath, UK (45m replacement span over River Avon)
– Kienlesbergbrücke, Ulm, Germany (270m road, tram and cycle crossing over railway lines)
– A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, Wales, UK (family of structures – bridges and retaining walls – in Conservation Area)

Project selected for Archmarathon: Merchant Square Bridge



Merchant Square Bridge

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Knight Architects

Photos courtesy of Peter Cook, Edmund Sumner and Knight Architects

Merchant Square Bridge

Knight ArchitectsarchmarathonKnight Architects
9 castle street high wycombe bucks hp136rz
www.knightarchitects.co.uk
Category:
Urban Design & Public Spaces
Project selected:
Merchant Square Bridge
Location:
London, UK
Year:
2014

The competition-winning design for the replacement opening footbridge at Paddington Basin spans 20m across the Grand Union Canal at the heart of the new waterside Merchant Square development.
The brief called for a piece of architecture that would provide a focal point to an area of waterfront public space that will be opened at least once a week.
The design concept is both simple and spectacular: a 3m wide cantilevering deck is hinged at its north end and is raised using hydraulic jacks with an action similar to that of a Japanese fan.
The aim was to create an elegant, innovative design that utilised proven technologies, resulting in a structure that would have a significant impact on its locality.
The design has been considered in respect to the high quality new architecture and landscape, and from elevated as well as ground level viewpoints.
The five steel beams forming the deck open in sequence and shaped counterweights assist the hydraulic mechanism and reduce the energy required to move the structure.
In motion it is an eye-catching kinetic sculpture which is well suited to the position in Merchant Square. When in its lowered position, the five fingers had to create a flat, almost seamless walking surface.
This meant all members of the design team had to work to a high degree of accuracy to ensure the end result would have a clean finish and be of the highest quality.

(ratings closed)