This is the world’s first ‘cranked’ stress ribbon bridge. The deck of this bridge consists of two concrete catenaries that were designed with a dogleg alignment with the angle between them at 25 degrees. The overall length of the bridge is 101.50 m ( river span 49.5 m + side span 37.5 m ). It appears to be the only UK concrete Millennium Bridge and the only one that was not a subject of design competition. The project was commenced in 1998 and completed in 2001. Among all the UK Millennium bridges it had the lowest cost of £2880 ( US$ 4420 ) per m2 of deck, including additional costs related to extreme flood conditions. Cezary M Bednarski’s practice acted as the lead consultant subcontracting structural engineering to Strasky Husty and Partners, with Flint & Neill as the checking engineers.

Winner of a 2002 Royal Institute of British Architects Award, the American Institute of Architects / UK, London Chapter, Design Excellence Awards 2003 Commendation, and 2002 fib ( FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DU BÉTON ) Awards for Outstanding Concrete Structures Nomination.

Client :
Maidstone Borough Council
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