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Melkwegbridge

Awards
Iconic Awards 2014 First Prize, National Steel Prize 2014 Nomination, BNA Building of the Year Award 2013 Honourable Mention
Client
Municipality of Purmerend
Type
Bridge
Location
Purmerend, the Netherlands
Collaborator
Ronald Rietveld Landschaparchitectuur
Size
66 mtr span
Cost
Euro 6.000.000,00
Constructor
Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA), ABT adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek

The Melkwegbridge is a location with an identity of its own. Extending over the Noordhollandsch Canal, it connects the historical city centre of Purmerend with the Weidevenne neighbourhood. In order to comply with the gradient requirements for bicycle and wheelchair traffic, a bridge must be at least 100 metres long. For this reason, the bridge separates bicycle and wheelchair traffic from pedestrian traffic. The bicycle bridge meanders over the water, which makes it long enough to limit the gradient. At the same time, the elevated pedestrian archway – an extension of the historical Melkweg – offers an extensive view of Purmerend’s old town centre. This archway, which is over 12 metres long, provides a panoramic view; here, you can feel the old connect with the new. The various sections of the bridge merge seamlessly into each other, forming a cohesive whole. The bridge is more than just the fastest way across the canal; it is also a destination and an attraction in its own right.

 

Melkwegbridge is the winner of the Iconic Awards 2014 and the 2014 National Steel Prize; received special mention at the BNA Building of the Year awards 2013.