Meads Reach Bridge, Temple Quay, Bristol

Meads Reach Bridge, Temple Quay, Bristol


Temple Quay II, Bristol


Niall McLaughlin

Project Overview

The Meads Reach Bridge was a joint Architect-Niall McLaughlin project between Niall McLaughlin Architects, Cyril Sweett, Gleeds, Price & Myers, Dean & Dyball and m-tec for Castlemore Securities.

m-tec fabricated the 55 metre, 75 tonne fully stainless steel pedestrian walkway at their Darwen Headquarters. The bridge was fabricated from 2205 duplex stainless steel. Its construction was made from eight sections, which were delivered individually to the Bristol location. This was then re-assembled and fully welded together making one complete structure. Final polishing was undertaken and the completed pedestrian walkway was craned into place in one piece, making this one of m-tecís most prestigious projects to date.

m-tec would like to thank everyone involved with the project in bringing this challenging fabrication to realisation.

Architect's Vision

A pedestrian and cycle bridge link; a proposed new mixed-use development with the existing town, Bristol Temple Meads Station and new hotel development.

Materials and artificial light studies are central to the design. The construction is a stressed skin arc of stainless steel, which lands on haunched abutments at each side of the floating harbour. The arc of the bridge picks up light from the sky and water, changing with the weather and the time of day. The interior of the bridge holds LED lights, which make the whole structure glow at night to reveal the hidden ribs of the internal skeleton. As the light changes towards evening the ghost of the structure is subtly revealed.

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