A Subtle Addition: Moxon Architects Takes a Low-Key Approach to the Footbridge

Moxon Architects and CampbellReith have submitted a planning application for a new footbridge in the London Borough of Hounslow. Situated below a Grade II listed railway bridge, the subtle yet striking project is a showcase of affordable design done right

Designed to connect the Thames Path beneath Barnes Bridge in Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, Moxon Architects and CampbellReith’s proposed footbridge is an excellent example of how subtle design can scream quality. Suitable for all pedestrian traffic, including buggy, wheelchair and mobility scooter users, the bridge is part of a wider project to enhance the nearby park, and bring greater leisure options to the area.

“The intention is to develop an affordable, efficient and honest solution that is easy to construct and pleasing to use,” said Ezra Groskin of Moxon Architects. “With a modest and refined appearance, the bridge will sit respectfully below the existing landmark structure, referencing its form without competing for attention.”

The bridge is designed to fit appropriately into the area, with angled bracing members designed to not only maximise views of the river but echo the Grade II railway bridge above. In particular, the designers have taken into account the varying views along the footbridge, including views of rowers at various tide levels and the adjacent Dukes Hollow nature reserve.

“Dukes Meadows is an incredible asset for Hounslow, achieving over one million visits per year,” said Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council. “The Council is keen to improve the site, particularly in terms of resolving the issue of a railway line that severed the Thames path. The Thames path is an important feature and the proposed bridge will encourage access and usage.”

It is also designed to minimise the bridge’s impact on the surrounding area, with the fewest possible number of supports used as well as energy-efficient lighting. Notably, the bridge’s construction is also designed to be as sustainable as possible, as it will be prefabricated off-site and delivered via the river.

“The new Dukes Meadows footbridge is an iconic structure that will no doubt add character to the area and, we hope, be appreciated for generations to come,” said Curran. “The Council has worked very closely with the Port of London Authority and other key partners to make sure our improvements reflect the London regional strategy and its vision for the River Thames.”

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