Project: Richmond BridgePark
Peter Culley - partner in charge
Client: Richmond BridgePark Foundation, President Ted Elmore
Status: Conceptual Design
Spatial Affairs with Richmond BridgePark and the Richmond community has developed different ways to continue to transform downtown Richmond into a walking and cycling city exemplar. Focussing on an untapped route from the historic Jefferson State Capitol, across the James River on the site of the original Free Bridge (now an oversized vehicular flyover) and on into Manchester and historic Hull Street, BridgePark will for the first time connect both sides of the river at the balcony level of the city proper for pedestrians and cyclists, and return the city to the raw beauty of the historic James River.
At the heart of this two mile strategy, the crossing point is alongside the now derelict Richmond - Petersburg rail road bridge, once also used as a slave route to the munitions factory on Belle Isle. The project examines the potential for crossings that engage the remaining brick piers, as well as the extraordinary nature of the river as a natural park. The ability to host major spectacles and events is balanced with the desire for quiet more contemplative conditions.
For this project we are pleased to be working with London-based structural engineers Buro Happold
Click here for the BridgePark website.
Download the pdf link below for Bettina Krause’s article: “Sublime Oases: Parks on Stilts” in the December 2016 edition of BaunetzWoche