Ok, heading south along the coast from Southport, we come to Bootle, at the northern end of Liverpool.
In 2006, RIBA organised a bridge design competition for a replacement of a rather grim pedestrian bridge spanning the Leeds to Liverpool Canal in Bootle. They received 88 entries (some of which I've shown here before), and in early 2007 announced the winning design, from Softroom and Eckersley O'Callaghan.
Out of seven RIBA bridge design competitions that I considered in July 2009, this is the only one which has resulted in a bridge actually being built. Such a rare specimen clearly merits close attention. Several of the RIBA bridges foundered over funding, either because there never was any, or because of unacceptable cost increases. The Pennington Road bridge suffered from the same issue, costing £750k to build against an original budget of £400k. That's a very large sum for what is basically a very short span pedestrian bridge, so someone must have thought it was worth it.
When it was built, the ramps had slopes with planting on them, currently being rebuilt in block-paving, presumably a response to vandalism, although not one that improves the bridge's aesthetic.
These timber parapets support a handrail and also a post-and-wire fence. I'm not sure whether this is to provide a required balustrade height, or just to stop people skateboarding along the top of the parapet beams. I do like the jagged relationship between the handrail and parapet on the staircases.
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