Worcestershire County Council

A440 Southern Link Road, Worcester

Architect: Moxon Architects
Engineer: COWI
Principal Contractor: Alun Griffiths

Hams Way Bridge

Replacing a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing across the A4440, one of Worcester’s busiest roads, the Hams Way Footbridge is an important piece of new infrastructure for the area. The trussed-arch main span is formed from square hollow sections (SHS) which are rotated through 45 degrees. This subtle change transforms the appearance of the structure making it appear attractively slender. The SHS forms a continuous member with a tight transitional curve between the top and bottom chords. The modelling and fabrication of this connection presented its challenges however, the result is one of the key architectural details of the new bridge. The bridge was built adjacent to the road and moved and lowered into position using SPMT’s. Our scope included the main span structure, extensive access ramps, stairs and lighting.

The project was a winner of a Structural Steel Design Award in 2021.