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New Pooley Bridge

13 September

Feedback sought on design options for new bridge

Three design approaches for the new bridge have now been developed and public feedback is being requested.

The three options are pictured below and you can provide feedback here.


- The first of them (Option A) is a suspension bridge, with all its structure above deck.
- The second one (Option B) is a solid bridge with an arched soffit
- The third solution (Option C) also has an arched soffit but in this case with open spandrels


The deadline for feedback is 28 September.


Pooley Bridge design options


Pooley Bridge options


Further information about the different design approaches can be found below:


- Constraints and opportunities

- Possible construction systems




13 September

Feedback from design concept consultation


In July/August we consulted on the options for the new Pooley Bridge. We wanted to find out what was most important to people about the old bridge and what they wanted from any new bridge design.


Your feedback has been collated and short summary of what was said can be found here (PDF).


This feedback has been used to inform three design options for the new bridge.


27 July

Public invited to provide feedback to inform design concepts


Following the public meeting on 26 July, people who were unable to attend are being invited to provide feedback to help inform the design concept work being undertaken by Knight Architects


You can share your views about the project via the link below.


The deadline for responses is 9 August.


A further public meeting in Pooley Bridge will take place at the end of August, date to be confirmed, which will provide an update on the concept design project and seek further public input regarding the options identified.


Provide feedback



17 July

Appointment of architects


Cumbria County Council is developing a new permanent bridge over the River Eamont in Pooley Bridge in order to replace the existing temporary structure installed after the original was washed away in December 2015. The construction of a new permanent crossing of the River Eamont will be an emotional relief and signal a new chapter for Pooley Bridge. The first stage of this work, which is currently underway to be finished by the end of September 2017, is the concept design of the new Pooley Bridge.


Knight Architects (Infrastructure Architect of the Year 2017), has been awarded the contract to deliver this work and will lead the consultative process, with technical support from engineering consultant Mott MacDonald. Knight Architects’ current work ranges from the new £600m Mersey Gateway to the Knostrop Footbridge, part of the Leeds flood alleviation works, and they recently prepared designs for the Lake District National Park Authority for a footbridge at Newby Bridge.


Knight Architects will lead a programme of public and stakeholder engagement so as to solicit useful input and give reassurances that broad interests are being considered. The first public meeting will be held on 26 August at Parkin Memorial Hall at 7pm.




Keep up to date with the development of the new Pooley Bridge
Key Facts

Title: New Pooley Bridge

Project: Design and build of a new bridge across the River Eamont at Pooley Bridge. Bridge will replace the temporary bridge installed following the collapse of the original in the December 2015 floods.

Completion: 2019

Contractor: Knight Architects (concept design). Build contract not yet been awarded.