Coastal and sea defence work in 2004 to protect local properties and surrounding geology made the 1970s concrete bridge, located on Newtons Road, look dated and out of place.
A new bridge was designed to reduce the visual footprint of the original concrete bridge by creating a light and elegant structure, using stainless steel.
Originally Dorset County Council had planned to put ramps on the banks either side of Newtons road, when the old concrete bridge was demolished. However, after a campaign by local residents and community groups, the council was able to find money to fund a new bridge.
The client wanted a natural finish in a neutral colour to complement the surrounding Jurassic coastline. The designs for the surfacing on the bridge deck, incorporating intricate shapes and patterns, were created by Chris Tipping. Chris said:
“Inspiration came from the maps we use and annotate with crosses and marks to navigate the landscape - including the South West Coastal Path but also from more ephemeral and fleeting things such as the effects of light and shadow - both on land and water - the distant arcs of chalk cliffs and dots and dashes of sailboats far out at sea and the flight of birds”.
A versatile, durable product was required to be able to accurately recreate the designs within the bridge surface.