Keynsham Park Memorial Bridge

Keynsham Park Memorial Bridge

The creation of this outstanding 15m span footbridge over the river in Keynsham has reinstated a vital link for the local community in a much-loved public park.

Sports & Leisure - South West

Project Overview

This footbridge sits within Keynsham Memorial Park and crosses the River Chew in the vicinity of Avon Mill Lane and Bath Hill. The bridge was closed to the public in October 2019 when a visual inspection concluded the structure was unsafe for public use, due to deterioration of the timber glulam beams forming the superstructure.

Curtins were appointed to design a new Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) superstructure which replaced both spans of the existing bridge with a single span – the total weight of which is similar to the previous timber deck thus allowing us to re-use the existing abutments. 

Our team have delivered an elegant new bridge for the local community, adding tremendous social value to what was also a technically excellent project. 

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures


Bath & North East Somerset Council 

We worked with:

The Landmark Practice | Environmental Consultancy

Lifespan Structures | Bridge Manufacturer/supplier

Surveyors | M J Rees 

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The Challenge

The north abutment wall was a substantial structure and the percentage load increase was negligible.  The south side was less strong. 

Our Solution

We supplemented the wall with two vertically placed mini-pies to assist with carrying the increased load.  Both walls were tied back to the retained earth to strengthen the whole assembly against adverse lateral loading. 

Keynsham Memorial Park Bridge
Keynsham Park Memorial Bridge

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