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The Observer: Radical design for Hammerson's new North Circular Road pedestrian bridge

The North Circular Road is not a waterway?
It is sometimes!

"This is not quite at the same scale as great bridge precedents, but it has the same idea – that a bridge is a place, not equipment. It includes on its steel forms a curved array of seating, south-facing and wind-sheltered, like a seaside esplanade.

"The new Scale Lane bridge in Hull has a restaurant (unfortunately untenanted) and a raised circular platform for enjoying the view. You can take two routes around it, one stepped and the other ramped, and it flows from a section of land-based street relandscaped as a series of 'garden rooms'.

"Scale Lane bridge is not just a way of getting from A to B, but something in itself. It's not a gleaming white rebuke to its industrial surroundings but – robust and black – an extension of a place where, as one of the bridge's architects says: 'Even the mud is beautiful'."

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