Carbon fibre and composite structures are formed by the layering of fibre sheets and epoxy resins. This led us to consider the bridge as a single sheet, folded in order to achieve structural rigidity. The shape has been conceived as though generated by pinching a sheet of paper in the middle forming a higher section where the stresses are stronger. The side edges curl and twist to increase the overall rigidity of the shape.
“Our design proposal for a carbon fibre pedestrian bridge in Salford is inspired by naval and aerospace technologies. It combines the advantages of composite structures with a form-finding approach which aims to achieve a structural rigidity by virtue of the shape itself.”
The advantages offered by composite footbridges are numerous, particularly if the application requires strenght or stiffness with light weight, or is a fatigue-driven design.
We strongly believe that careful choices in design, materials and construction techniques can result in lower costs than designs based on “traditional” materials.
As well as providing a new connection to the meadow our design proposal delivers a unique and iconic presence which will identify Salford as a leader in new technologies and cutting-edge design.
Client: Municipality of Salford
Use: Pedestrian Bridge
Budget: 1,9 million GBP
Status: International design competition
Architect: LUCA POIAN FORMS
Advisors: Antonio Simoni (Composite Structures), Alessandro Visintin (Structures)
Visualization: Hossein Naser Vafai