A successful partnership between engineers and architects creates a
place-sensitive, iconic bridge design
MONTREAL, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Arup, Dissing+Weitling, and Provencher Roy Associes Architectes
are delighted to reveal the design of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence, as announced today by the Government of Canada.
As technical advisor and engineers on the project, Arup, a
multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for
delivering innovative and sustainable designs, was tasked with
delivering a high quality architectural design for the new bridge.
Working closely with the Government of Canada, architects
Dissing+Weitling of Denmark, and Provencher Roy Associes Architectes of
Montreal, and with the support of Groupe SM for highway components, the
team has created a unique signature bridge design, sensitive to the
needs of Montreal and with the appeal to become a new icon for the St.
Lawrence River, the city of Montreal and Canada as a whole.
"We are very pleased with the way the engineering and architectural
teams have seamlessly worked together to come up with a design that
addresses the needs of the city of Montreal and its citizens," said
Martin Landry, QAA, associate principal and leader of Arup's Montreal
office. "As a Montrealer, I look forward to seeing the bridge realized
over the next few years, supporting the needs of the public, and
creating a new gateway to the City of Montreal."
The architectural features of the new three kilometer-long bridge are
poetic in their imagery, while at the same time respecting rigorously
defined technical criteria required to achieve a 125-year design life.
The curved alignment and sculptural piers create an instantly
recognizable shore-to-shore design with the elegant main tower and its
harp of cables adding a unique accent to the bridge. The design
accommodates the long term Quebec public transport plans by retaining
the flexibility to run buses or a future light rail train on a central
transit corridor. Connectivity between the South Shore and Montreal is
further enhanced with a multiple-use path over the bridge and viewing
platforms both on and near the bridge that will showcase views of the
city and the St. Lawrence River.
"The design of the bridge is to a great extent based on analyses and
logic, but at a certain point the analyses no longer give the answer,"
explains Poul Ove Jensen, Bridge Director and architect at
Dissing+Weitling. "Sometimes you have to trust intuition and make
subjective choices. This is when it gets exciting because these choices
make the difference between a decent bridge and an outstanding bridge."
The Arup team has also contributed to a new procurement approach with
the Government of Canada as this will be the first time that a Canadian
public-private partnership procurement will include a definition design
for a bridge which ensures that the architectural vision is realized in
the finished product while leaving the freedom for innovation to the
short listed consortia bidding to design, construct and operate the new
"The collaboration with Poul Ove Jensen's team and Arup was rich and
unique in terms of creation and research," said Claude Provencher,
architect and associate principal at Provencher Roy. "With a major goal
of developing a world-class bridge for Montreal, the result of this
collaboration is a custom designed bridge to the image of the country,
the St. Lawrence River, the Montreal region, the people who live in it
and the generations to come."
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most
prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its
engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world.
Arup opened its first North American office 25 years ago and its first
Canadian office in 1999, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The
firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a
distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative
approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver
better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com)
DISSING+WEITLING is a leading bridge architectural firm on the
international stage. The firm has designed several of the world's
iconic bridges, including Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, the Great
Belt Link in Denmark, and the winning scheme for the Poole Harbour
Bridge competition in the UK, among other award-winning designs around
the globe. Having been involved in over 250 bridges in 29 countries,
its extensive portfolio of work includes bridge projects of all types,
ranging from carefully articulated pedestrian bridges to seminal,
About Provencher Roy
Provencher Roy, founded in 1983, is a predominant player in urban
architecture in Canada, and is a multidisciplinary firm offering
services in architecture, architectural planning, urban design and
urban planning, interior design, and sustainable development. The firm
brings together more than 150 passionate professionals working in all
areas of the built environment in Canada and abroad. Its portfolio
includes remarkable accomplishments in the institutional, science,
transportation, and educational sectors, as well as mixed-use buildings
combining offices, hotels, and retail. the group's innovative approach
has been to anticipate the impact of architectural conception and
design in time and space, emphasizing the concept of openness and a
holistic view of a gesture rooted in modernity, which forms an integral
part of urban landscapes.
The firm is also a member of the exclusive club of Canadian
architectural firms with projects built abroad (Canadian embassy in
Morocco; Diamond Peninsula Hotel in Dongguan, China; the race course
gardens in Karachi, Pakistan; and MediCity, an ultramodern institute of
integrated medical sciences and holistic therapy in Gurgaon, India).
Over the years, Provencher Roy has received more than 70 awards and
distinctions recognizing the excellence of its projects in Quebec,
Canada, and abroad.
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