Delaval Hall Bridge
This was a group project where the brief was to create a bridge to cross the haha. The haha spanned six metres and stopped livestock from crossing onto the site of the grade II listed mausoleum from nearby fields, with the aim to leave uninterrupted views across the countryside. A public route was needed to allow access to the new theatre proposed on the site. The specification meant it had to be of lightweight materials and easy to construct. This is because the site is hard to get to, meaning parts and materials would only be able to be transported in the last part of the journey by workers on foot. The specification also meant that the footbridge must be able to be put together within 24 hours.
Another huge part of the brief was that the bridge must be retractable, meaning that pedestrians could not cross the bridge when the mausoleum was not in use.
The concertina design meant that the bridge could smartly fold away when not in use, while the metal sheeting used would mean transportation wouldn’t be an issue to the site. The materiality was chosen to be lightweight but also fit with the old context on the site, which dated back to 1766. Corten Steel sheeting would give a textured look, whilst wooden hand rails sit gently against the forest background. A glass box sits on one side, allowing bystanders to view the concertina contraction.Delaval Hall ALL WORK Durham Library