A Ramboll Project

Jarrold Bridge

Jarrold Bridge is the latest in a long tradition of bridges in Norwich over the River Wensum.

The primary design concept was for a bridge that traced a smooth uninterrupted arc over the water. The structure responds to its immediate riverside environment, where the banks have a softer edge and the surrounding paths and open space a more human scale than more urban stretches up and downstream.

The built design is a dynamic and unique double cantilever bridge form that appears to float over the site with little visible means of support. The bridge has been widely recognised in the construction industry;

IStructE Structural Awards, Pedestrian Bridge - Winner

Bridge Design & Engineering, Footbridge Award, Medium Span Category, 2014 – Winner

ICE Regional Awards, Exceptional Merit - Winner

Civic Trust Award 2013 - Winner

The IStructE judging panel stated:

"This bridge is an outstanding example of innovation, structural efficiency, and aesthetic simplicity. The minimalist internal supports and bold abutments result in a structure that appears to defy structural principles and is extremely eye-catching. It greatly enhances its environment."

Location
Norwich

Team
Client
Jarrold St James Ltd
Lead Consultant
Ramboll

Design Stages
2009 - 2012
Concept Design to Construction

Awards
IStructE Structural Awards, Pedestrian Bridge - Winner
Bridge Design & Engineering, Footbridge Award, Medium Span Category, 2014 – Winner
ICE Regional Awards, Exceptional Merit - Winner Civic Trust Award 2013 - Winner

The bridge merges seamlessly with the river bank alongside the existing pathway

The bridge forms a J form following the natural pedestrian routes on each bank

Complex analysis determined the final optimum structural form and curvature

The bridge is aligned to maximise distant views of the historic Norwich Cathedral

The bridge utilises just three hardwearing materials, weathering steel, stainless steel and untreated hardwood

The unique double cantilever bridge appears to float over the water with little visible means of support

The rbidge was fabricated in three sections which were then spliced and welded in-situ

The bridge traces a smooth uninterrupted arc over the water