LETTER: Bridge design

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I strongly sympathise with Lisa McKinney’s sentiments to bring back the stocks for vandals who have wantonly ruined a number of glass panels on our lovely footbridge.

But alas I doubt if Health and Safety, and Human Rights legislation will permit it.

And, even if it did, it may not solve the problem.

Although it’s too late now, I have always wondered why the bridge architect designed the bridge in such a way that every glass panel is different from its neighbour.

As there are no lamp posts or other uprights (apart from the central bracing pole) it would arguably have been aesthetically okay to make all the stanchions square to the bridge floor, instead of all being upright.

This would have resulted in every glass panel being mutually identical, thus enabling the maintenance authority to keep a couple of spares on hand.

Every panel would have been a slight trapezium with its top edge about 7mm longer than its bottom edge.

Good design should not only look good, but should also be functional, maintainable, and, where relevant, sustainable.

We already have bikes without mudguards, cutlery handles that dig into your hand, cars that have to be taken to the garage to change a light bulb, fridges that can’t be economically repaired, fence posts that rot in the ground… I could go on.

Mike Wooldridge



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