Bridge across the River Thames

Bridge across the River Thames

30 September 2015

READING - The Reading Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge – one of the most striking infrastructure projects that PBA engineers have ever worked on – was opened today by the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Sarah Hacker.

The 123-metre cable stay bridge will play a vital role in the connectivity of Reading, forming a key part of a sustainable transport link between the town’s northern residential areas, the Reading Station transport hub and the town centre that will help to improve accessibility and support economic growth. The bridge forms part of a wider strategy and long-term vision for the continuing regeneration of Reading town centre, and is one of a number of projects funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

PBA worked with Design Engine Architects to produce a unique design solution tailored to a confined site, with built-in adaptability for potential future extensions. The bridge, built by Balfour Beatty and Hollandia, ranges in width from 3.5m-6.75 m. Its 8 sections of slim steel decking are supported by 14 pairs of cables; while its 39-metre mast has helped to create a landmark structure that is visible from Reading Station and other key vantage points in the town. Other unique features include an LED lighting scheme, creating an addition to the night-time landscape that is both practical and eye-catching.

"We’re very focused on collaborative working at PBA, and working closely with Design Engine, Balfour Beatty and Hollandia really allowed us to take a holistic approach to all of the design challenges of the bridge," said PBA Partner Scott Witchalls. "The solutions we found have resulted in this iconic structure spanning the Thames.

"This has been a striking flagship project for Peter Brett Associates in our 50th year of operation, and we are proud to play such an important role in developing Reading’s infrastructure. We hope that the new bridge is something that the local community will enjoy for years to come."