Brno to build new bridge over the Svitava, competition won by British architects
The project will coordinate with the transformation of the former industrial sites into a new neighborhood.
A new bridge will be built between the former sites of weapons manufacturer Zbrojovka and Zetor motor works in Brno at a cost of CZK 220 million. Its form was designed by the British studio William Matthews Associates. The design was selected by an expert jury in an architectural competition, the results were approved this week at a Brno city council meeting.
The bridge will be approximately 30 meters wide and 85 meters long. It will allow public transport to cross the Svitava river in two lanes and offer two more lanes for car drivers. There will be separate cycle paths and pavements on both sides. The construction will be prepared for a 100-year flood. The project will coordinate with the transformation of the former industrial sites into a new neighborhood with apartments, offices, services and parks.
The architecture studio William Matthews Associates is behind award-winning projects such as the Tintagel Castle pedestrian bridge in North Cornwall and the Canada Square Pavillion in London’s Canary Wharf. All submitted competition entries can be viewed on the Brno City Chief Architect’s Office website.
PHOTO: Design of a new bridge over the Svitava river in Brno. Credit: William Matthews Associates