Chiswick Park Footbridge

A sustainable, efficient and elegant design for a challenging site in Chiswick that demonstrates the collaborative approach within the Useful Simple Trust companies.

Useful Studio worked with Expedition Engineering on the design of a new footbridge linking Chiswick Business Park to the west and the Colonial Drive Residential Development and Chiswick Park Underground Station to the east.

Sustainability, efficiency and elegance drives the design, which is composed on three arches that increase in height from west to east, in-line with the significance of the spans. The graceful arches present a natural form in their surroundings and the earthy tones provided by the weathered steel and hardwood timber deck complement the adjacent nature reserve and park.

The arched proposal is a highly efficient form that maximises off-site fabrication, minimises disruption during construction and reduces material use and waste to ensure minimal environmental impact.  This design ethos has been carried through from conception and into the design considerations for construction and demolition.

Construction was carried out in 2018 and the bridge opened in January 2019.


Blackstone and Chiswick Business Park




  • Institute of Civil Engineers, ICE 2019 - Winner for Innovation
  • New London Architecture, NLA 2019, Infrastructure - Shortlisted
  • Structural Steel Design Awards, 2019 - Shortlisted
  • Institute of Civil Engineers, ICE 2019 - Winner for People's Choice Award

Team Credits: 

Adoption Authority: London Borough of Hounslow

Lead Designer: Expedition, with Useful Studio

Main Contractor: LendLease Construction

Lighting design: Speirs and Major

Electrical design: Atelier 10

Access consultant: David Bonnet Associates

Landscape design: Charles Funke Associates

Project manager: Beadmans

Planning Consultant: Jones Lang LaSalle

Steelwork Fabricator: Severfield UK




Image Credits: Jill Tate