Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge wins RIBA South West Award

“Simple and elegant” – Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge wins architectural award

“Simple and elegant” – Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge wins architectural award

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THE TWIN Sails Bridge in Poole has been described as a triumph after winning a prestigious architectural award.

It features in a list of 11 innovative and outstanding new architecture to be given a RIBA South West Award 2014 from the Royal Institute of British Architects at a ceremony in Bristol held yesterday (May 8).

Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Borough of Poole’s £21million Twin Sails Bridge, which opened to the public in October 2011, was praised by John Pardey of John Pardey Architects.

He said: “The raised bridge looks simple, elegant, and does indeed evoke sails passing. But at night, another trick plays out, as the road is flooded in red light to help stop the traffic (along with barriers housed in sentinels each side) from LED strips housed beneath the handrails. Long carbon-fibre masts complete the sails, again with light piercing the sky.”

Poole-based ECA Architecture & Planning was also named in the final shortlist of 15 projects selected from 55 entries across the south west of England, for their Knappings Barn house extension project at Cheltenham.

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6:41am Fri 9 May 14

guisselle says...

It does look good against the night sky!
It does look good against the night sky! guisselle
  • Score: 6

6:48am Fri 9 May 14

wool525 says...

was this taken when it was broken ?
was this taken when it was broken ? wool525
  • Score: -1

6:54am Fri 9 May 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

More like 'unnecessarily complicated and flimsy looking'!
More like 'unnecessarily complicated and flimsy looking'! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: -4

7:18am Fri 9 May 14

master plan says...

The raised bridge does look elegent but you try closing it!
The raised bridge does look elegent but you try closing it! master plan
  • Score: 4

7:29am Fri 9 May 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

By no means simple. So naive.
By no means simple. So naive. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: -2

8:08am Fri 9 May 14

skydriver says...

But it gets a big ZERO for the operational side of it, mechanically it's as good as a ashtray on a motor bike, rubbish.
If one have bought a TV or Washing machine that broke down as many times as this does, you would ask for your money back, now is that not a fact Poole Council.?
But it gets a big ZERO for the operational side of it, mechanically it's as good as a ashtray on a motor bike, rubbish. If one have bought a TV or Washing machine that broke down as many times as this does, you would ask for your money back, now is that not a fact Poole Council.? skydriver
  • Score: -1

9:22am Fri 9 May 14

BarrHumbug says...

It may have won an architectural award but I can't see it winning an engineering award any time soon ;)
It may have won an architectural award but I can't see it winning an engineering award any time soon ;) BarrHumbug
  • Score: 6

10:23am Fri 9 May 14

Frank28 says...

Just as well that there's no Reliability Award!
Just as well that there's no Reliability Award! Frank28
  • Score: 6

10:39am Fri 9 May 14

Norman Stansfield says...

Style over sustance. Beauty before dependability. Art over engineering. Vanity instead of common sense. Lipstick on a pig.
Style over sustance. Beauty before dependability. Art over engineering. Vanity instead of common sense. Lipstick on a pig. Norman Stansfield
  • Score: 8

11:33am Fri 9 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Yet another example of form over function. Barely a week goes by when this POS breaks down, yet it wins and award for looking nice. I bet that's exactly what the motorists think when it breaks down and they have to go another way. "Never mind that we've wasted our time and petrol, it sure was a pretty thing to look at!"
Yet another example of form over function. Barely a week goes by when this POS breaks down, yet it wins and award for looking nice. I bet that's exactly what the motorists think when it breaks down and they have to go another way. "Never mind that we've wasted our time and petrol, it sure was a pretty thing to look at!" speedy231278
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Fri 9 May 14

tbpoole says...

My goodness what a load of cynics. You would all probably still moan if you'd won the lottery. I'm quite happy with the structure and think it's better than any that you lot could have come up with.
My goodness what a load of cynics. You would all probably still moan if you'd won the lottery. I'm quite happy with the structure and think it's better than any that you lot could have come up with. tbpoole
  • Score: -1

4:27pm Fri 9 May 14

hamworthygirl says...

Is this a late april fool joke?
Is this a late april fool joke? hamworthygirl
  • Score: 1

9:07am Sat 10 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

It only looks good when it's not actually being a bridge!
It only looks good when it's not actually being a bridge! Minty Fresh
  • Score: 4

9:32pm Sat 10 May 14

Benagain says...

Design awards come easy these days.
Design awards come easy these days. Benagain
  • Score: 4

4:00am Mon 12 May 14

RM says...

Quite funny really - the bridge is unreliable, seldom works properly - but wins an award. It would be hilarious if it didn't involve so much taxpayers' money & so much inconvenience to the people trying to use it to get to work etc.
Quite funny really - the bridge is unreliable, seldom works properly - but wins an award. It would be hilarious if it didn't involve so much taxpayers' money & so much inconvenience to the people trying to use it to get to work etc. RM
  • Score: 1

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