Foster + Partners to build two bridges in Ipswich (UK)
Foster + Partners has won the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) competition for a pair of bridges to be raised over the River Orwell in Ipswich, capital of Suffolk County, in southeast England. In this city, back in the 1970s, Norman Foster built the headquarters of Willis Faber & Dumas. The project creates new routes that would decongest an area full of vehicular circulation, improve connectivity, and form new promenades and public spaces along the river, ultimately revitalizing the town center. The two river crossings – the larger one held up by branching columns – separate wheeled traffic from bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths. This initial design will be further developed over the coming months, in consultation with residents in the area and local businesses.
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