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Thames crossing to be built with steel

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nBridsgeNov13A new pedestrian and cycle bridge spanning the River Thames at Reading, designed by architect Design Engine in collaboration with engineers Peter Brett Associates, has been awarded planning permission.

The steel bridge’s deck will be supported by paired cables that reach up to the top of a single mast in a vertical fan formation.

“This will create an elegant and balanced solution,” said Richard Jobson, Design Engine Director. “And by using a bespoke H-shaped connection at the top of the mast, the cables will be concealed, furthering our concept of an elegant mast.”

Where the bridge connects to the south bank towpath, feature balustrading made from weathering steel to resemble reed beds, will conceal a ramp and staircase.

“Steel was chosen for its speed and strength qualities,” added Mr Jobson.

Located to the east of Fry’s Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges, the crossing will provide an important new link to the town’s redeveloped railway station.

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