The town of Abergavenny and the village of Llanfoist are part of a common populated area in South Wales divided by the River Usk. The only existing connection between them is a 17th Century (medieval in origin) Grade II* listed bridge which isn’t wide enough to guarantee a comfortable and safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.
This new footbridge will naturally follow the pedestrian and cyclist desire line with a simple and elegant design: a 3m-wide two-span (25m+36m) layout with a U-shaped cross section and a four-armed pier, using high-quality materials (timber and stainless steel). It has a positive and respectful relationship with the stone bridge and the surrounding environment and will be robust and resilient in a floodplain that is subjected to regular and significant flooding. The deck will be above the water level of the 1 in 100 year flood, and the ramps are parallel to the water flow and read as a subtle alteration of the existing topography.
Knight Architects’ scope include the alternatives analysis, conceptual design, and architectural input during the developed design, planning application and detailed design stages. Construction is scheduled for 2019.