Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is inviting feedback on its preferred design for new toll booths on both the Clifton and the Leigh Woods sides of the bridge. The original toll booths on the Leigh Woods approach will be retained and carefully refurbished.
Replacing the existing toll booths offers an opportunity to design new attractive buildings that respond better to the context of the listed Bridge and also to provide up-to-date accommodation for the staff that meets modern operational requirements.
A public exhibition of the latest design will go on display at the Visitor Centre from the evening of Thursday 13th October and remain until the end of the month. From 6 – 8pm on 13th October neighbours and the wider public are invited to a staffed session at the exhibition where representatives from the Trust and Purcell architects will be on hand to talk through the proposals, answer any queries and invite feedback. Alternatively, the exhibition material and an online feedback survey will also be available at www.cliftonbridge.org.uk .
Last September the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust announced the start of the project to replace the existing 1950s toll booths on the Clifton side of the Bridge and the 1970s addition to the original booths on the Leigh Woods side – as these are no longer fit for purpose. Over the past year the Trust and conservation architects Purcell have been involving stakeholders, Bridge staff and volunteers and the public in the ongoing design process.
The Trust has now agreed on a preferred scheme for further consultation and would like to invite comments and feedback from the public and interested stakeholders before working up planning and listed building applications for submission later this year. Subject to planning work could start on site in late 2017.
The proposed toll booths are of a contemporary functional design that will provide all the facilities and requirements of the brief whilst also creating a more fitting and attractive approach to the bridge. The Clifton toll booth design responds to the material quality and strong symmetry of the bridge towers through the use of sandstone and raking facades. The palette of materials features grey pennant sandstone from the Forest of Dean, zinc for the roof and fascia, and dark metal reveals and panels lining the openings.
The proposed new Leigh Woods operational toll booth is deliberately subservient to the original Victorian toll booths in terms of its position and height. The material palette mirrors that used on the Clifton booths providing continuity and integrity across the bridge.
Trish Johnson, Bridge Master said: “Brunel’s famous bridge is such a wonderful symbol of the city. For over 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. It is a much loved landmark and we hope that the public will take the opportunity to view the latest design for the toll booths either at the Visitor Centre or on our website and give us their feedback.”