Whatman's Field Downstream Bridge, Maidstone
In May 1998 a team of Architects and Engineers were appointed to assist in the concept and design for a Millennium Project at Maidstone River Park. The upstream bridge, a cranked concrete stress ribbon, is complemented by a downstream steel bridge inspired more by 'landscape' art than bridge engineering aesthetics. The steel box beam bridge is carried by two delicate V shaped piers. The aim was to reduce the visually perceived elevational depth of the box section. The upper, deeper, part of the box section has been set back and 'camouflaged' by wire mesh balustrade panels and stainless steel grills along the walking deck of the bridge.