Staveley Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria

Staveley Mill Yard is a former wood turning mill, which is now used for a variety of different local industries, shops and other commercial ventures. The Yard has a real community spirit and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Commissioned by the Lake District National Park, Staveley footbridge forms a key part of an 'access for all' scheme creating a pathway looping around a section of the River Kent. To enable this, the design includes a ramp that flows from the bridge deck into the pathway.

Designed and built by Chris Brammall the footbridge is inspired by the old wood turning mill which one sat within the yard. The design concept is based on the form of wood shavings and the natural shaving curl and lines within wood which is mirrored in the bridge spindles and handrails. Materials used include steel and mild steel.

The bridge has two large structural hollow sections spanning the river but they have been set back under the deck that cantilevers out, this gives a lighter appearance.  

The bridge is a well photographed piece and has become a popular hotspot for local couples choosing the bridge as a backdrop for wedding photographs and is one of Chris Brammall's most recognized pieces of work.

Fast Facts

Design: Chris Brammall

Dimensions: 18m span x 1.5m wide

Location: Cumbria

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