April 10.15 – Donhou inspires new Thames bridge
Now for something on a completely different scale. We’ve been working with architecture and urban design practice Studio Egret West on an exciting new bridge project which was, believe it or not, inspired by one of our bikes. The design was entered into the Nine Elms to Pimlico Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge competition and placed runner up out of 86 entries.
The ‘V Bridge’ is a beautiful piece of architectural design and as you’d expect for a combined pedestrian and cycle bridge, it captures the spirit of cycling brilliantly. The design of the bridge was approached in the same way one would approach the design of a bicycle, to be strong, light, minimum use of materials and the aesthetics are pared back and beautiful.
It was in fact inspired by a bike we built for Chris and you can clearly see the influences when you look at the two side by side. The central span of the bridge is imagined as the top-tube of a bike frame, while the bracing and landing points where the bridge meets the banks echo the head tube / forks and seat tube / seat stay of Chris’ machine – the V-shapes that give the bridge its name.
The two landings are intended to enhance their own side of the river. The Pimlico side blending into the park without disturbing the existing greenery and the south side landing integrating a glazed cafe with a small open terrace at the very edge of the river and ample cycle parking. These tailored aspects of the design are another nod to the functional excellence you get with a custom bicycle.