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Pembroke’s Bridge wins International Structural Engineering Award

20th November 2013

The new bridge at Pembroke has won the 2013 Structural Award pedestrian footbridge category. The annual Structural Awards recognise international excellence in structural engineering and previous winners have included the London 2012 Velodrome and the King’s Cross Station Redevelopment. The pedestrian bridge category this year had five nominees, including the Olympic Park footbridge.  Pembroke’s bridge, structurally designed by Price & Myers, was declared the winner at a ceremony in London on 15th November.

In their comments the competition judges said that they were “impressed by the way the geometrical constraints on this structure were solved to achieve an extremely elegant structure – complementing its surroundings”.

Pembroke’s bridge forms part of our new development of five buildings and two quadrangle spaces which was constructed between 2011 and 2013, creating a wealth of new facilities for use by the College community. The bridge was critical to the success of the scheme as it provides the means of access to the new area directly from our 19th Century Chapel Quad.

At the time of its construction it was 99 years since Oxford city centre had witnessed the completion of an over-street bridge and the design and engineering of the newest addition was very challenging. The structure spans one of the few remaining narrow medieval streets of Oxford city as well as the old city wall itself (now a scheduled ancient monument). The final result is an elegant and impressive use of corten steel and glass.

John Church, Bursar, says: “We are immensely proud of the final result with our new footbridge which serves to integrate our old and new facilities beautifully. In the course of its design and construction the College received excellent advice and service from our structural engineers, Price & Myers, and our architects, Berman Guedes Stretton. It is wonderful to see their work recognised in this way.”

Click here for more information on the awards.