The View at Barnes Bridge | London, UK 2022 - ongoing
Barnes Bridge spans the Thames between Barnes and Chiswick. It primarily supports rail traffic with a small footway along the downstream edge. Built in 1849 the original cast iron Grade II listed twin bridge carried trains for less than fifty years. In 1895 cast iron was considered unsound for this type of structure and the downstream spans were replaced with the ‘modern’ steel truss bridge that is still in operation today. The upstream structure has lain redundant ever since.
Conceived by local residents united with a passion to see this historic structure restored to community use, ‘The View’ will transform the disused rail bridge into a public amenity. The scheme will give visitors and locals a chance to enjoy a unique communal space over the River Thames. The existing structure will be carefully restored and supplemented with sympathetic landscaping and street furniture. The new linear park will extend in both directions to complete a green corridor over the river. It will connect with existing and proposed routes including the soon to be completed Dukes Meadow Footbridge to the north.
The southern approach path will serve the dual function of step free access to the existing station platform. This functional aspect of the scheme will be integrated within the existing woodland setting, opening up both the station and new park to all users.
Moxon are delighted to support the team in realising their original vision.