Ely Southern Bypass


Architect
Knight Architects

Structural Engineer
Tony Gee & Partners

Steelwork Contractor
Severfield

Main Contractor
VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd

Client
Cambridgeshire County Council

The new bypass removes a significant amount of traffic from the station area, allowing better access to Ely’s historic city centre, business areas and the railway station itself.

The project includes a 100m-long twospan half-through bridge over a railway and a 300m-long geometrically complex, curved twin trapezoidal box girder viaduct over the River Great Ouse. Weathering steel was used for both structures to minimize future maintenance and to blend into the rural setting.

A cantilever walkway with viewing platform on the north side of the viaduct links two footpaths providing visitors and residents of Ely with a circular route and improved social connectivity.

Judges’ comment

The low-profile design of the two bridges sits comfortably within the fenland landscape. The palette of weathering steel and fair-faced concrete integrates the scheme well into its rural context. The inclusion of a public footway with the river crossing provides welcomed connectivity between the foot and cycle path network either side of the river.