Bespoke footbridge for South Downs park site

A UNIQUE new footbridge has been designed to provide safer access across the railway at Tide Mills, near Seaford, in the South Downs National Park. 

Planning permission has been granted for the bespoke design, which is intended to blend with the local landscape and the old village of Tide Mills. 

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Once funding has been secured, construction will start on the bridge, which will replace high-risk foot crossing. 

The design was developed by bridge specialist Knight Architects and engineering firm Arup, in collaboration with South Downs National Park officials and local interest groups.

The approved design for the new footbridge at Tide Mills, near Seaford, in Sussex. NETWORK RAIL

Natural and local materials will be used to make the structure sympathetic to its surroundings. 

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Views across the landscape are encouraged by asymmetrical walkway parapets on the railway side of the footbridge, with an open and transparent stainless-steel mesh on the landscape side.

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