"The design of the bridges focusses on enhancing the experience of crossing the Orwell River, increasing interconnectivity and reducing congestion in the town centre," said Spencer de Grey, head of design at Foster + Partners.
"The project also offers the opportunity to consider the design of the bridges in a wider urban context, creating new promenades and public spaces between the riverfront, inner harbour and island," he added.
The first of the two bridges will have three stands, completely separating vehicles from cyclists and walkers. Then the two bike and walking lanes sandwiching the road will be connected by zebra crossings.
It is intended that these outer paths will curve as they meet the banks of the river to create waterside promenades. This design is intended to improve the connection between the town centre and harbor and to create a dynamic public realm for locals to enjoy.
As the path continues along the river, it will connect with the second bridge – a much taller structure supported by branching columns. This structure will span a broader section of the waterway and contain separate trails for bikes, pedestrians and cars.
The design of these complimentary yet separate bridges will aim help ease traffic flow through the town centre and to open up new public spaces along the River Orwell, including access to the lock that Foster + Partners will refurbish as part of its works.
As the second project for Foster + Partners in the coastal town, De Grey believes the areas holds a special place in the firm’s heart. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the town once more,” he said.