Bloomers Hole Footbridge

A competition to design a new footbridge to span the river Thames

The Thames Path National Trail runs 180 miles from the Thames Barrier to the source of the river in Kemble, Gloucestershire.

At Bloomers Hole between Buscot and Lechlade the path crosses the river and a new bridge was required.

In 1993 the Architects' Journal co-sponsored a competition with the Countryside Commission and Canon UK and attracted 210 entries.

Our proposal features an elegant single-span laminated-timber arch with a suspended deck but regrettably was an 'also-ran'.

The competition was won by Cezary Bednarski with an inspirational and futuristic bridge to be constructed of light-weight carbon-fibre and other composite materials.

The winning scheme was however abandoned and the authorities resorted to commissioning a rather staid timber bridge.