• Chiswick Park Footbridge

A sustainable, efficient and elegant design for a challenging site over a live railway 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.

The bridge has won numerous awards including the AJ Award for Best Infrastructure project, 2019, Institute of Civil Engineers, ICE 2019 - Winner for Innovation and the Institute of Civil Engineers, ICE 2019 - Winner for People's Choice Award and was included in the Dezeen Top 10 Bridges in the World, 2020. 

Blackstone Development
Team Credits:

Structural Engineer: Expedition

Lighting Design: Speirs and Major

Electrical Design: Atelier 10

Landscape Design: Charles Funke Associates

Main Contractor: LendLease Construction