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Expedition were the lead designers for this 180m long footbridge across the Tees in Stockton, won in an open RIBA competition in collaboration with Spence Associates. The English Partnerships brief called for an iconic structure to form a focal part of the major Tees Valley Regeneration redevelopment project on the Northbank… but at a relatively modest price.

The elegant and flowing double bow form of the bridge is a logical response to the structural demands on it… a lean and mean example of form following function. This is not a bridge where fancy frills are allowed… instead delight is provided through the careful and rational resolution of detail. The product of many heated tea time battles… this is a design born of passion… and five 5 tonne tuned mass dampers will make sure that it doesn’t wobble.

We are delighted that the Bridge has won several awards, including the 2009 Supreme Industry Award:

  • 2009 Structural Awards: Supreme Winner
  • 2009 Structural Awards: Best Pedestrian Bridge
  • ICE Robert Stephenson Award – Winner of £4m+ Category 2009
  • Constructing Excellence Awards: North East – Project of the Year 2009
  • Concrete Society Award for Civil Engineering Excellence, 2009
  • International Green Apple Gold Award for Civic Pride: New Build 2009

Credits:

The client is Stockton Borough Council, preceded by English Partnerships.

The successful competition design was by Expedition Engineering and Spence Associates.

The subsequent design was led by Expedition assisted by Arup Materials, Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, Black & Veatch, Bridon, Cambridge University, Cleveland Bridge UK, Dorman Long Technology, Flint & Neill, Formfab, GCG, GERB, Imperial College, RWDI, Spence Associates, Speirs & Major, Stainton and William Cooke.

White Young Green were Project Managers.

Professional photographs (c) Morley Von Sternberg.

People:
Tim Hurstwyn
Seán Walsh
Chris Wise
Andrew Weir
Pete Winslow
Ed McCann
Fred Labbé

Client: English Partnerships / Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Status: Completed 2009

Infinity Bridge, Stockton on Tees