Bede Island Bridge


The Bede Island residential development was one of the largest private sector residential developments in the centre of Leicester during the early stages of the City Regeneration Project, a thirty hectare waterfront site immediately across the river Soar from the new Walkers Stadium. The award winning architect Anthony Goddard, who was master planning the Bede Island site and the City Council, insisted on the first new river crossing for one hundred years, to link this new development back to the City Centre. Our role was to work in close collaboration with the architectural team, the consulting engineers and the full City Council highways team to realise a “gateway crossing” to landmark the new development. The massing of both the residential development and the adjacent stadium describe the importance and delicacy of scale in these developments. Once we established that the new road bridge was subject to a 20mph speed limit and traffic control, the vital urban priority was to give the bridge to pedestrians, parents and children rather than the car. The scale and environmental massing of the bridge became vital but also the array of low level lighting bollards and transparent balustrades.