Design Ideas Competition
Access for All footbridge, Southampton Airport Parkway [Image: Network Rail]
This web page features representative publicity images for the eighteen [x18] schemes that were long-listed for the Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition in addition to the Winning and Highly Commended design submissions. Schemes are illustrated in sequential order of the Unique Registration Number issued to participants to maintain anonymity during the adjudication process.
Network Rail and the Adjudication Panels were extremely impressed by the level of interest expressed in the project, the general high quality of the submission material and the breadth of approaches and interesting ideas developed in response to the challenges set by the Competition Brief. The design propositions included a strong set of themes for consideration and some provocative approaches, which in their different ways, challenged the means of providing safe and accessible passage across the railway.
Ultralightweight Carbon Fibre Footbridge
A clear expression of structural form and newness that explores the efficient use of material and the potential of new carbon fibre composite technology.
A distinctive aesthetic that explores the potential of lightweight low-maintenance fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) and filament winding technologies to form standardised elements of structure and enclosure.
A playful strategic approach that proposes how a catalogue of bridge elements in a diverse range of aesthetics can be combined to create great variety beyond function to suit different contexts.
The Tortoise and The Hare
Challenging the presumption of the need for speed this scheme focusses on people's experience, proposing a place for a slower pace where people can linger as an alternative to the more direct crossing.
A simple, slim and elegant evolution of current footbridges that appropriately combines a range of different materials to create a spacious and uncluttered experience for passengers.
A Bridge with a View
Using a simple aesthetic based in traditional forms and materials, the proposal unifies bridge, stairs and lift into a single building and provides generous space for people to enjoy waiting.
Bridge to Fit
A simple and well-scaled modular system with a clear structural logic offering a potentially elegant range of material options for enclosure to suit different contexts.
A primarily aesthetic proposition offering an elegant and light material treatment of a conventional bridge structure, with screens and translucent panels to produce a blurring of appearance analogous to speed.
Interesting exploration of the potential for timber on railways, utilising sustainably-sourced laminated timber deck elements and frames in areas where passengers could enjoy the qualities of timber.
An evolution of conventional footbridge designs, using a pared-down catalogue of steel, glass and PTFE fabric components to create a lightweight and open experience.
Clean Air for All Bridge
Promoting the reduction of embodied energy and carbon emissions through the use of gluelam timber structures, recycled plastic deck and with moss blanket roofs/panels to absorb particulates.
The Rainbow Bridge
A simple aesthetic proposition to use a rainbow of colour to uplift people's everyday experience, in a way that could readily be applied to a great range of circumstances.