L'Argens Bridge

Structural Designer

Webb Yates Engineers

Client Name

Private

Location

Nr Toulon, France

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This light and simple bridge provides pedestrian and quad bike access to the eastern part of a 400 acre vineyard near Toulon, France.  The one sided suspension bridge spans 28m over the River L’Argens. Designed and built as a response to an extremely inaccessible site, it was fabricated in 15 sections and assembled in 1 week using a zip wire.  The bridge uses only 2t of steel and the final construction budget was only £70k.

Judge's comment:

This was a site with difficult access and varying ground conditions. The elegant design takes account of the site conditions and the construction methodology to produce a robust and efficient structure where all elements have a primary structural purpose. The robustness of the design was demonstrated by it surviving a flood that inundated the bridge. The design has exceeded the client’s expectations.