18 May 2010

Bridges news roundup

Floating footbridge that can sail down the river unveiled
Bristol proposes to draw on West India Quay footbridge as its inspiration. It's not clear what this means for the competing scheme to build a footbridge at the same site using the old disused Brunel span from Cumberland Basin.

Pyramids and Taj Mahal to have a new arch rival – the Forth Bridge
Forth Rail Bridge to be put forward as World Heritage site (again). Note that despite the article's claim, it is clearly not the world's first major steel bridge, as residents of St Louis would undoubtedly attest!

Titanium bridge design competition for University of Akron narrowed to five finalists
Designs chosen from amongst the weird and wonderful. Well, mainly just weird.

Calgary's Peace bridge contract skirted policies
Audit report finds that the sole-sourcing of the Peace Bridge to Calatrava was symptomatic of a far wider lack of open tendering, and a failure to seek best value for the local council. Rick Bell offers a more pungent editorial at the Calgary Sun. See also previous post here.

Referendum to refurbish or replace Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge likely for November
Mammoth exercise underway to rethink the decision to go with a Wilkinson Eyre designed replacement bridge (see previous post).

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