Network Rail constantly monitors the performance and use of their level crossings in order to gain a clear understanding of safety issues. The two city centre crossings on the High Street and Brayford Wharf East are continuously identified as amongst the most dangerous. A solution was considered urgently required for both, and the drive to deliver safe and accessible high quality footbridges in each location was identified.
Our role was to lead the coordination of work relating to the planning applications and associated listed building consents, so that all necessary approvals are in place to allow construction at the earliest opportunity. Given the sensitivity of the locations and the impact of such large structures on townscape of significant heritage value, achieving an acceptable design which enhanced the character of the areas concerned was a key objective. Detailed analyses regarding user demand, capacity of the walkways and lifts, were crucial considerations in reaching the final designs. Coordinating and engaging with the local community to ensure the views of the public, local traders, and interest groups was also critical to achieving solutions that had widespread support.
Approvals were forthcoming enabling the substantial investment to proceed on a phased basis, with High Street investment leading and Brayford Wharf East to follow.