During Victorian times, the island of Boulter’s Lock near Taplow won fame and notoriety across the country, as the upper classes flocked to the River Thames, particularly on the Sunday of Ascot Week, when there were pageants, carnivals and regattas.
However the general enjoyment of the island has been limited for a long time by the lack of access to the river. With the development of the 48-acre Taplow Paper Mill site there is at last an opportunity to connect Boulter’s Lock and the Thames Path with a pedestrian friendly route. This mixed-use development will include housing, live-work units, a waterfront restaurant and will revitalise an area which is in need of sensitive regeneration. New public footpaths through the development will improve access for all and these will link to the new 35m span footbridge.
The shallow arch design is inspired by Brunel’s nearby Maidenhead Bridge. This famous brick railway bridge boasts the “widest and flattest” arches in the world, and this form is echoed in the slender new steel arch structure.