Christchurch Bridge, Reading

KEY FACTS

  • Client

    Reading Borough Council

  • Region

    Reading

  • Main services 

    Bridges

  • Awards

    Civic Trust Awards 2016 Commendation

    CIHT / Costain Sustainable Transport Award 2017 Commendation

Christchurch Bridge, Reading

Christchurch Bridge, developed by PBA with Design Engine Architects, spans the River Thames between Caversham and Reading town centre, 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.

This project forms one part of a wider strategy and long-term vision for the continuing regeneration of Reading Town Centre. It is one of a number of projects funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, creating a new transport link and facilitating future development.

The 123m-long, cable-stayed bridge has a river span of almost 70m; with a narrow deck and single mast, creating an elegant aesthetic. PBA jointly developed the lighting scheme for the bridge with Urbis. All cabling is all hidden from view, but remains accessible for maintenance. The mast, bench and cable lights have the ability to change colour, adding to the bridge’s appeal at night.

The bridge was officially opened on September 30, 2015.