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DISSING+WEITLING appoints new Associate

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Steen Jastrup joins DISSING+WEITLING’s management team as Associate.

Steen graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2001 and was soon after employed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects where he gained considerable experience in designing large-scale public buildings. Since 2009, Steen has been an important part of DISSING+WEITLING’s work with infrastructure and buildings all over the world. 

In recent years, Steen has been the driving force behind multiple high-profile projects in China, such as the record-breaking 24-kilometre Shenzhen-Zhongshan Link, which is currently under construction, and Xiamen Bicycle Skyway, the world’s longest bicycle bridge, which opened last year. Most recent, Steen was Lead Architect on our winning proposal for Xiamen Footpaths, a 20-kilometre network of scenic footpaths and seven spectacular footbridges in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.

DISSING+WEITLING’s presence in China will be Steen’s primary focus in his new role as Associate. 
 

Sofiero Footbridge opens to the public

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This weekend saw the official opening of Sofiero Footbridge. Located in the popular park of Sofiero Castle near Helsingborg, the slender curved steel bridge will give visitors an enhanced experience of the beautiful castle gardens.

The Sofiero Footbridge – aka Sofia’s Bridge – is a light and almost transparent S-curved steel construction, elegantly floating above a rhododendron-filled ravine. The bridge has taken its S-shape from the winding pathways in the romantic park, making the crossing into a delightful event with shifting perspectives of the lush surroundings. 

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The slender 57-metre footbridge is one of the smallest bridges DISSING+WEITLING has ever designed, but it was nonetheless challenging. Schlaich Bergerman Partner was our structural engineers on the project and it was constructed and installed by Bladt Industries, the main contractor.

Every year, thousands of visitors come to Sofiero to enjoy the flowering beauty, the royal tradition and the wonderful views over Øresund. At the opening, the bridge held more than 200 people at the same time.

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DISSING+WEITLING vinder konkurrence om volumenstudier for erhvervsgrund i Valby

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DISSING+WEITLING har netop vundet en volumenstudiekonkurrence for NCC i forbindelse med deres erhvervelse af en attraktiv byggegrund i Valby, et af hovedstadens stærke vækstområder.

En af Nordens største entreprenørvirksomheder, NCC, har erhvervet en yderst attraktiv byggegrund i den sydlige del af Valby. For NCC rummer grunden et stort potentiale i forhold til deres overordnede ønske om at skabe innovativt, levende og bæredygtigt erhvervsbyggeri i hovedstadsområdet.

Grunden ligger på Gammel Køge Landevej - i et område tidligere mest forbundet med industrivirksomheder - men den rivende udvikling i området har åbnet op for nye typer erhverv. Placeringen er ideel i forhold til motorvejsnettet og offentlige transportmuligheder, som i de kommende år bliver yderligere forstærket med udvidelsen af metroen og den kommende Ringstedbane. 

NCC inviterede to tegnestuer til at lave indledende volumenstudier for grunden, og valgte DISSING+WEITLING til at fortsætte den videre skitsering. Skitsering og projektering af fleksibelt erhvervsbyggeri, identitetsskabende firmadomiciler og moderne workspaces er en af vores spidskompetencer, og vi ser frem til at fortsætte samarbejdet med NCC på Gammel Køge Landevej.

På nuværende tidspunkt har NCC indledt en dialog med Københavns Kommune om mulighederne for grunden og udarbejdelse af ny lokalplan.

DGNB certificeringer i medvind

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Den danske byggebranche er for alvor ved at tage bæredygtighedsordningen DGNB til sig. I årets første måneder er der allerede planlagt dobbelt så mange certificeringer som i hele 2017. Hos DISSING+WEITLING har man længe været tilhænger af ordningen, der giver branchen en fælles standard for bæredygtigt byggeri.

Bæredygtigt byggeri er ikke længere et sjældent syn i den danske byggebranche. Flere og flere bygherrer har fået øjnene op for de mange langsigtede fordele, der er ved at bygge bæredygtigt frem for konventionelt. Green Building Council, der står bag DGNB certificeringen for bæredygtigt byggeri, kan afsløre, at der alene i årets første måneder er planlagt dobbelt så mange DGNB certificeringer sammenlignet med hele 2017. 

DGNB certificeringen har til formål at skabe en samlet standard inden for bæredygtighed for hele den danske byggebranche. Ved at skabe nogle fælles retningslinjer for branchen bliver det nemmere at sikre bæredygtighed gennem hele leverandørkæden, da producenterne så kan være sikre på, at der et marked for deres bæredygtige produkter.

Uddannelse af branchen

I disse dage oplever byggebranchen god medvind, og det er derfor positivt at se, at flere bygherrer har planlagt DGNB certificeringer. Branchen er dog langt fra i mål, når det kommer til at videreformidle værdien af bæredygtigt byggeri til potentielle købere og lejere. Det er især hos de store mæglerfirmaer, at den bæredygtige dagsorden kan forbedres. 

DISSING+WEITLINGs Gitte Sørensen har været DGNB konsulent siden 2014, og én af hendes fornemmeste roller er blandt andet være med til at uddanne ejendomsmæglere, så de bliver endnu bedre til at formidle merværdien ved bæredygtigt byggeri til købere og lejere. 

Derudover har Gitte været en vigtig del af flere af DISSING+WEITLINGs bæredygtige byggerier og blandt andet sørget for at implementere DGNB-principperne på i skitseringen og projekteringen af Orbicons nyopførte hovedsæde i Høje-Taastrup, der er certificeret med guld efter DGNB-standarden.

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DISSING+WEITLING on winning team for urban planning competition in Aarhus

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Our team created an ambitious plan for a diverse and sustainable urban area around Kulkransporet, a developing area at a former industrial site. Kulkransporet will become a lively, vibrant area as well as creating a connection between the city centre of Aarhus and the city’s southern port district.

In an integrated design process with team leaders Transform accompanied by Lendager Group, VEGA landskab and Søren Jensen engineers, DISSING+WEITLING collaborated in creating the winning proposal for the development of the urban area around Kulkransporet. Based on the fantastic industrial character and bohemian spirit of the site, our ambition was to create an attractive recreational and commercial area that embraces every citizen and their initiatives. 

With functions such as a city life office, a recycling centre, a place for socially vulnerable individuals and a socio economic eatery that unites all users in a stronger community, Kulkransporet will become a vibrant recreational attraction and create a connection between the city centre of Aarhus and a developing former industrial area in the city’s southern port district. 

Kulkransporet is the name of an existing industrial relic, a 150-metre long and 6-metre high concrete structure for a former coal-lifting crane. This structure will form the base for a platform that connects to two new towers and a pedestrian bridge linking to the city centre. Besides the platform and the towers with different functions, Kulkransporet will entail a green park, a public square and other urban spaces.

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The area’s distinct identity, life and architecture have been a great inspiration in the creation of the urban spaces. A vibrant mélange of creatives, entrepreneurs and established companies already exists in the area, and our aim with the proposal was to sustain and enhance this unique vibe. 

Our proposal impressed both the appointed judges and the representatives from the City of Aarhus, and we are looking forward to continue our collaboration with the city officials and our great team members in order to get this exciting project realized.

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A delicate precision job – Sofiero Footbridge now installed

The 40-ton Sofiero Footbridge was lifted into place yesterday. Located over a lush rhododendron-filled ravine in the popular park of Sofiero Castle near Helsingborg, the slender 57-m curved steel bridge will give visitors an enhanced experience of the beautiful park when it opens to the public this spring.

The Sofiero Footbridge – aka Sofia’s Bridge – is a light and almost transparent curved steel construction, elegantly floating above a lush ravine. The bridge has taken its S-shape from the winding pathways in the romantic park, making the crossing  into a delightful event with shifting perspectives of the lush surroundings. 

With the design, our aim was to create a bridge that could be constructed with minimal impact on the vegetation in the ravine below. A bridge that could be fabricated off-site in two or three sections, assembled on location and lifted into place by mobile cranes, dropped down as a structurally self-contained element delivering a vertical load only at the abutments. Schlaich Bergerman Partner was our structural engineers for the project.

As you can see in the spectacular video above, the contractor, Bladt Industries, took great care in not harming the surrounding trees and vegetation when they installed the bridge in yesterday’s winter wonderland. The bridge will open to the public on April 14.

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DISSING+WEITLING wins design award for competition proposal

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Even though our proposal for a new pedestrian bridge for Geumgang in South Korea only came in second in the design and build competition, The Korean Society of Civil Engineers recognised our design concept, selecting the spectacular bridge as winner of the HSB Award 2017. The award acknowledges high performance steel bridge structures in South Korea.

The competition brief asked for a round bridge for pedestrians and bicyclist that would not only get people across the river, but to a higher degree act as a destination in itself with facilities for activity and leisure. The client, The City of Geumgang, also had the ambition that the bridge should act as a celebration of Korean history and culture.

For our design concept, we were highly inspired by the intricate symbolism in the South Korean flag. The round Taegeuk with the interlocking semi-circles, symbolizing balance, became a recurrent motif in our design on many different levels. The Taegeuk not only inspired the dynamic interplay between the covered and uncovered areas of the bridge, the geometric shape also inspired the way the bike path is separated from the pedestrian areas. 

In technical terms, our design is a steel box girder supported by quadropod pylons. We collaborated with the South Korean steel manufacturing and construction giant POSCO for the design and build contract for the project.

The HSB Award was collected by a representative from POSCO on behalf of DISSING+WEITLING at an official ceremony earlier today.

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DISSING+WEITLING søger arkitekt til broer og infrastruktur

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DISSING+WEITLING har travlt med en lang række spændende, internationale projekter og konkurrencer. Til at styrke teamet søger vi nu en arkitekt med minimum fem års erfaring og gerne med stærke kompetencer inden for design af broer og øvrig infrastruktur. 

DISSING+WEITLING hører til blandt verdens førende brodesignere, og vi arbejder sammen med verdens bedste broingeniører. Vores projekter spænder fra imponerende konstruktioner som Storebæltsforbindelsen og Stonecutters Bridge i Hong Kong til elegante stibroer som Cykelslangen i København. Inden for de seneste år har vi vundet flere prestigefulde nationale og internationale konkurrencer som fx Shenzhong Link i Kina, Hisingsbron i Gøteborg, Storstrømsbroen og Køge Nord Station.

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DISSING+WEITLING prequalified for large infrastructure project in Toronto

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As part of a team led by local contractors Dragados Canada and Bot Construction Group, DISSING+WEITLING has been shortlisted for a competition to design, build and finance a new rail grade separation in Toronto, including connected public realm enhancements.

The Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation will include a new railway bridge, pedestrian underpasses and public realm enhancements such as new pedestrian and bicycle routes. The estimated financial project scope is CAD 200 mio. 

The project is part of a larger infrastructure plan to provide faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area over the next decade. The aim is to enhance the quality of life for commuters in the area by increasing their mobility and reducing their daily travel time.

The clients, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx, has selected three teams based on their construction capability, experience, qualified personnel and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. The teams have been invited to respond to a request for proposals in early 2018.

As one of the world’s leading architecture firms when it comes to bridge design and infrastructural solutions, DISSING+WEITLING has solid experience with designing large infrastructure projects all over the world. One of Canada’s most anticipated infrastructure projects these years is the New Champlain Bridge over the Saint Lawrence River in Montréal. The 3.3km bridge is currently under construction with completion expected in 2018.

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Bicycle bridges enrich Copenhagen and society as a whole

A new report published by the City of Copenhagen makes it clear that the city’s many bicycle bridges are a socio-economic success. They make Copenhagen even more attractive to bicyclists and benefit society both economically and environmentally. Several future bicycle bridges in Copenhagen are already in the pipeline - of which DISSING+WEITLING has already designed two.

The Danish newspaper Politiken and online media BygTek has recently brought articles about the benefits of Copenhagen’s bicycle infrastructure. According to a new report published by the City of Copenhagen there are several benefits of projects such as The Bicycle Snake, including how it enhances bicyclists’ mobility and saves them time. In addition, one in two feel safer and three out of four experience increased comfort because of The Bicycle Snake.

When it comes to aesthetic enhancement, the bridge has also had a large impact, becoming a visual icon and an attraction in itself. The City of Copenhagen has a goal of becoming the best bicycle city in the world and is, at the same time, striving to become CO2 neutral by 2025. In both cases, The Bicycle Snake and the other bicycle bridges are contributing comprehensively in reaching these goals.

Time saving and CO2 reducing

When it comes to the socio-economic benefits of The Bicycle Snake, the most notable fact is that the socio-economic return of the bridge is nine percent, which is high compared to other large infrastructure projects such as the Metro City Ring, just to name an example. The reason for this remarkable return is that The Bicycle Snake creates a daily time saving of 380 hours and at the same time reduces Copenhagen’s CO2 emissions by 87 tons each year.

In relation, it has been known for a long time that Bryggebroen, or The Quay Bridge, also designed by Dissing+Weitling, is so time saving that the socio-economic savings exceeds the construction costs. Furthermore, The Bicycle Snake has only enhanced the use of The Quay Bridge since it is its natural extension. The Quay Bridge crosses the harbour of Copenhagen from Islands Brygge to Havneholmen from where The Bicycle Snake takes over, leading bicyclists to Vesterbro and making it easier to get through the city.

New bicycle bridges underway

As a part of the plan of becoming both CO2 neutral by 2025 and the world’s best bicycle city, the City of Copenhagen is planning to extend and improve the existing bicycle infrastructure, including building several new bicycle bridges. A handful is already underway and Dissing+Weitling is at this time involved in two of them, having designed the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Folehaven in southwestern Copenhagen, which will be completed next year, and a bridge over Artillerivej at Islands Brygge in the southern part of Copenhagen’s harbour area, which will be completed in 2020.

DISSING+WEITLING has been designing some of the most iconic and praised bicycle bridges in Copenhagen for more than a decade, including The Bicycle Snake, The Quay Bridge and Åbuen Bridge. Furthermore, the spectacular Xiamen Bicycle Skyway in China opened this spring, with more bicycle infrastructure projects to come.

For more information: Politiken and BygTek.

Video: Visit Copenhagen.

Nyt parkerings- og aktivitetshus på vej i Københavns Ørestad

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I dag var der rejsegilde på det første parkeringshus i Bellakvarter i Ørestaden. Udover at fungere som parkeringshus for biler, motorcykler og cykler kommer huset også til at rumme en række udadvendte fællesrum med forskellige funktioner. 

Bellakvarters første parkeringshus kommer til at ligge i den østlige del af Bellakvarter med indgang fra Ørestads Boulevard og den nye Dea Trier Mørchs vej, som anlægges i Bellakvarter. Parkeringshuset kommer til at rumme 445 parkeringspladser til biler og 4 til motorcykler. Derudover vil der i stueplan komme 392 pladser til cykelparkering, ligesom stueetagen også kommer til at rumme en række udadvendte funktioner. Husets dobbeltfunktion som både aktivitetshus og parkeringshus skaber et mere levende hus, som en videreudvikling af de mere traditionelle, monofunktionelle parkeringshuse.

”I Bellakvarter vil vi gerne have et levende byliv, og det opstår blandt andet ved at skabe sociale mødesteder for beboerne og lave åbne, imødekommende huse, hvor husets aktivitetsrum trækkes ud i kantzonerne, så livet i huset bliver synligt for omgivelserne. Vi har fokus på at skabe levende og udadvendte facader, som danner grundlag for et samspil mellem bygninger og udearealer”, fortæller projektchef Chris Ammitzfeldt fra Solstra Development.

”I P-91 kommer der en byttecentral, hvor beboerne kan bytte møbler og boligartikler. Samtidig arbejder vi med at skabe nogle sociale samlingspunkter og udadvendte rum i parkeringshuset. Det kan fx være en boldbane eller et træningsrum. Jeg kan dog endnu ikke løfte sløret for, hvad der helt præcist kommer til at være,” fortæller Chris Ammitzfeldt.

Arkitekturen understøtter bylivet

Parkeringshusets base udføres i beton med store åbninger udformet i relation til bygningens udadvendte funktioner. 

”Vi har åbnet huset op med store glasfacader i stueetagens sydvestlige og nordvestlige hjørner. Det skaber en inviterende visuel kontakt mellem omgivelserne og husets udadvendte funktioner – som fx boldbane og træningsrum – og giver parkeringshuset en bymæssig sammenhæng med omgivelserne”, fortæller Niels Bryde Hansen fra DISSING+WEITING.

Lyst og venligt indemiljø

Parkeringshusets øvre etager opføres i en splitlevel stålkonstruktion med forskudte etagedæk omgivet af en perforeret metalfacade. Den perforerede facade lader frisk luft og dagslys strømme ind på parkeringsdækkene, så huset bliver får et lyst og venligt indeklima. Samtidig giver perforeringerne bygningen et mere let og transparent udtryk.

”Metalfacaden er lavet som en kontrast til den tungere betonbase. Den løber som foldet skærm omkring husets parkeringsdæk. Set udefra giver den foldede facade huset karakter, og foldningerne skaber et vekslende skyggespil på facaden henover dagen. Samtidig filtrerer den perforerede facade lyset inde i huset og skaber et spil mellem lys og skygge, lidt ligesom når solens stråler brydes af træernes blade på en solskinsdag”, slutter Niels Bryde Hansen.

Parkeringshuset forventes at stå færdigt i efteråret 2018.

Københavns Universitet udvider samarbejdet med DISSING+WEITLING

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Københavns Universitet har offentliggjort, hvilke arkitektrådgivere der skal stå for teknisk rådgivning vedrørende renoveringer og ombygninger på universitetets bygninger i de kommende år. DISSING+WEITLING vandt den største af rammeaftalerne og fordobler dermed sit samarbejde med universitetet.

”Vi har været meget begejstrede for det positive samarbejde, som vi har haft med Københavns Universitet igennem årene, og vi er stolte af, at universitet nu har valgt at udvide vores samarbejde med tildelingen af den nye rammeaftale. Vi glæder os”, siger Kresten Kirkegaard, partner i DISSING+WEITLING.

Københavns Universitet råder over en samlet bygningsmasse på omkring 1 million etagekvadratmeter samt forpladser og grønne områder, for eksempel Botanisk Have. Universitetet har opdelt opgaverne med drift og vedligehold af den enorme bygningsmasse i tre områder, som de har benævnt Science, Sund og Søndre City.

Renoveringsopgaver på halvdelen af universitetets bygningsmasse

DISSING+WEITLING har vundet rammeaftalen for teknisk rådgivning på Science, der omfatter næsten halvdelen af universitetets samlede bygningsmasse, omkring 450.000 m2. Science omfatter blandt andet Botanisk Have og de omkringliggende bygninger, deriblandt Botanisk Museum og Geologisk Museum, bygningerne i Universitetsfirkanten, som for eksempel indeholder Zoologisk Museum, og ikke mindst hele det stemningsfulde område ved Landbohøjskolen på Frederiksberg.

”Bygningsmassen på Science omfatter blandt andet en del laboratoriefaciliteter, og derfor har vi valgt at styrke vores kompetencer ved at tilknytte laboratoriespecialisterne fra RH Arkitekter som underrådgiver”, fortæller Kresten Kirkegaard. Rådgiverholdet er desuden suppleret af den anerkendte landskabsarkitekt Kristine Jensens tegnestue, der også skal fungere som underrådgiver. Niras vandt rammeaftalen for ingeniørrådgivning på Science og skal derfor arbejde tæt sammen med DISSING+WEITLING på de forskellige opgaver.

Stor erfaring med renoveringsopgaver for KU

Igennem de seneste fire år har DISSING+WEITLING varetaget rammeaftalen om teknisk rådgivning på City Campus, som omfatter de historiske og fredede bygninger i indre by ved Vor Frue Plads samt bygningerne ved Østre Vold. Her har DISSING+WEITLING blandt andet stået for istandsættelser på Kommunehospitalet, Palmehuset i Botanisk Have samt Geologisk Museum. Selvom arbejdet med den nye rammeaftale begynder ved årsskiftet, vil alle igangværende opgaver – heriblandt en omfattende totalrestaurering af det fredede Victoriadrivhus i Botanisk Have – blive fulgt til dørs af DISSING+WEITLING.

 

Udvalgt til anden fase i projektkonkurrencen om Kulkransporet

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Som det blev offentliggjort i sidste uge, er seks forslag nu blevet til to i konkurrencen om at fortsætte arbejdet med udformningen af Kulkransporet til en ny oplevelsesforbindelse i Sydhavnskvarteret i Aarhus. I de kommende måneder skal vi arbejde videre med at kvalificere vores konkurrenceforslag i samarbejde med vores øvrige teammedlemmer fra Transform, Lendager, Vega Landskab og Søren Jensen Ingeniører.

Efter grundig gennemgang og drøftelse af konkurrencens seks anonyme forslag har bedømmelseskomitéen nu inviteret vores team og et team anført af Terroir til yderligere dialog og udarbejdelse af de projekter, som skal danne grundlaget for den endelige udformning af Kulkransporet.

Kulkransporet får en nøglerolle, både som adgangsvej til den kommende erhvervsbydel i Sydhavnen, som katalysator for byliv i området og som symbol på en hensynsfuld transformation af et erhvervskvarter, hvor der også skal være plads til kulturliv og socialt udsatte.

I vores forslag har vi fokus på at gøre Kulkransporet til Aarhus’ nye identitetsbærende byrumsstruktur med forbindelser, pladser og koblinger. Forslagets hovedgreb er at skabe en række nye byrum, der fungerer som forbindelsesled og samlingspunkter – koblinger – af både Midtby og Sydhavn, start-ups og større erhverv, socialt udsatte, iværksættere og forretningsfolk. Kulkransporet bliver rygrad og hovedrolleindehaver for disse koblinger og vil samtidig fungere som en destination i sig selv.

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Aarhus Kommune har støttet projektet med to millioner kroner, og i begyndelsen af 2018 vil vinderen af projektkonkurrencen, gå videre med tegningerne til det transformerede Kulkranspor og det omkringliggende område.

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Mersey Gateway Bridge opens to traffic

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Marked by beautiful fireworks, the spectacular Mersey Gateway Bridge near Liverpool in the UK opened to traffic this weekend. The iconic three-pylon cable-stayed structure was designed by DISSING+WEITLING as sub-consultants to COWI. The bridge is a new landmark for the region, providing a much-needed new crossing of the river Mersey and acting as a catalyst for growth throughout the area.

Only a month after the opening of another DISSING+WEITLING-designed landmark bridge in the UK, Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, the 2.25-km long Mersey Gateway Bridge opened for traffic this weekend. The bridge has a unique design with three pylons of different heights, the highest measuring 125 meters. The 1-km long cable supported main bridge deck is constructed from pre-stressed and reinforced concrete suspended from the pylons via high strength steel cable stays. Travelers approaches the bridge from a curve on either side of the structure giving varying views of its unique design and maximising its visual impact. 

A benificent new landmark for the region

The design for the bridge was selected from a wide range of options for bringing the maximum benefits for users and local people as well as having a minimal impact on the estuary and its surrounding environment. The project also delivers transport and environmental benefits by reducing travel times across the river and by keeping traffic free-flowing. The bridge deck carries six lanes of traffic – three in each direction.

“We are very proud to have been part of this ambitious project. It has been a pleasure working with the Halton Borough Council and the Mersey Gateway Design Joint Venture,” says Jesper Henriksen, architect and partner at DISSING+WEITLING, and continues, “In our design for the bridge, our aim was to make a both elegant and spectacular landmark for the region. When you approach the bridge from either side, the way the enormous structure manifests itself harmoniously in the flat landscape is truly breathtaking.”

See the stunning video from the opening weekend below (courtesy of Youtube/Mersey Gateway).

One of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK

The Mersey Gateway Bridge is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK in recent years. It is one of the UK government’s most prioritised projects in their National Infrastructure Plan and it was recognised by KPMG as one of the "Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Around The Globe".

COWI led the Mersey Gateway Design Joint Venture – alongside AECOM, Fhecor and Eptisa, with architectural support by DISSING+WEITLING - which was engaged by the Merseylink Civil Contractors to deliver the design of the £1.9bn scheme. The construction costs of the bridge itself was £600m. COWI led the design for the bridge while AECOM led the design of the landside works including 7-km of new roads. 

Structural and geotechnical engineers from COWI worked closely with the Merseylink Civil Contractors, Merseylink Ltd (the DBFO consortium) and Halton Borough Council to develop a design that could be built quickly and operated and maintained as cost effectively as possible. 

The simple elegance of great bridge design

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In honor of his many years of designing spectacular landmark bridges all across the globe, Bridge Design & Engineering brings an in-depth interview with Poul Ove Jensen, our renowned Director of Bridges.

Bridge Design & Engineering is the leading international magazine focusing exclusively on the bridge industry. Poul Ove Jensen recently turned 80, and to celebrate his impressive accomplishments, designing signature bridges all around the world for more than 25 years, the magazine decided to bring an extensive interview. 

In the article, Poul Ove Jensen gives a first-hand account of our early company history, including memories of working with Arne Jacobsen and the experience of learning from his overall design approach to both buildings and everything else, which eventually led us to designing bridges, “When you can design a chair you can design a bridge. The principle is the same, the scale is different.” 

Impressive international portfolio

When DISSING+WEITLING won the contract for the architectural design of the Great Belt Link in Denmark in 1989, it was the beginning of a long and successful adventure, which has led us to designing bridges in all scales all over the world. Working at DISSING+WEITLING, Poul Ove Jensen has been involved in literally hundreds of bridge projects. Our portfolio includes all types of bridges, ranging from elegant small-scale pedestrian and bicycle bridges, to remarkable mechanic road bridges and iconic landmark spans.

Poul Ove Jensen has been the lead designer on several famous and iconic bridge projects around the world, such as Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, the newly opened Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth in Scotland and the future Hising Bridge in Gothenburg, Sweden - just to mention a few. 

Contextual design approach

Now considered as one of the world’s leading bridge architects, Poul Ove Jensen recalls his first experiences with bridge design and honors his early mentors and current collaborating structural engineers. He goes on to mention aspects of our overall design strategy, “Most people talk about constraints as something negative, (..) but we always love constraints. I think it’s possible to identify our bridges, but they are all very different. We always try to take advantage of the local conditions, and the limitations.”

Each of our projects is a unique solution to a unique set of challenges in each project’s particular individual urban and cultural context. Our solutions are typically based on a deep analysis of these contextual issues in combination with our expertise regarding best practices. Based on the principles of the Scandinavian design tradition and its understated elegance, our bridge designs embodies a high degree of aesthetic integrity and visual refinement, always reflecting an optimal synthesis of structure and aesthetics.

Bridges and infrastructure design is only one aspect of our portfolio, which also includes distinctive international business headquarters, sustainable hotels and conference centers, attractive housing and residential areas as well as restorations and transformations for renowned cultural institutions.

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DISSING+WEITLING explored the architectural marvels of Switzerland

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Over the past weekend, almost everyone at DISSING+WEITLING went on a study trip to Basel and Zürich to experience their most exciting new architecture. It was a fun three days, packed with inspiring buildings, nice dinners, and a drink or two.

This year’s study trip at DISSING+WEITLING had Switzerland as its destination and Thursday afternoon most of the office flew to Basel - the first of two cities to be explored. 

Day 1

During our Friday in Basel we visited several architectural sites designed by the famous Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, including the renovated Museum der Kulturen, the new façade and roof at Messe Basel and REHAB Basel. We also had a guided tour at the headquarter campus of local pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which was a highly impressive experience with great office and laboratory buildings by some of the world’s most renowned architects, including SANAA, Tadao Ando, Diener & Diener and David Chipperfield.

Day 2

Saturday morning we kicked off with a four-hour visit to equally impressive Vitra Campus. At Vitra we saw a lot of nice projects, including SANAA’s pristine white warehouse with its magic interior light, the famous fire station by Zaha Hadid, an understated pavillon by Tadao Ando and not least the stacked Vitra Haus by Herzog & de Meuron with all its interesting spatial qualities. After lunch we headed off to Zürich. On the way, we stopped by the Elephant House at Zürich Zoo by local architect Markus Schietsch. Here we were welcomed by the engineer behind the impressive roof structure, Andreas Galmarini from WaltGalmarini. Saturday evening we had an excellent and very festive dinner at the top floor of the 126-metre Prime Tower by Gigon/Guyer. 

Day 3

Our last day was spent at several locations around Zürich including Swiss architect Christian Kerez’ fascinating Leutschenbach School, the cool structure and beautiful hanging gardens of the MFO Park by Buckhard+Partners and the very sustainable House of Natural Resources at the ETH Zürich.

All in all, our trip to Switzerland was immensely inspiring and educational, seeing a wide range of cool and fascinating architecture and filled with lots of fun and good times.

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Focus on sustainability – Thursday seminars

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As part of our ongoing focus on creating more sustainable solutions, DISSING+WEITLING gathered today for a two-hour seminar on sustainability. The past few Thursdays, our architects and construction architects has met for afternoon seminars in order to refresh and upgrade our insight on sustainability issues. 

This afternoon we had the pleasure of hosting Jørgen Abildgaard, Executive Climate Project Director at the City of Copenhagen and in charge of realising Copenhagen’s ambitious plans of becoming the first CO2-neutral capital in the world.

In relation to urban planning, Jørgen talked about issues regarding climate changes and climate adaptation, urbanisation and globalisation, circular economy and renewable energy sources, digitalisation, sharing economy and disruption, flexible housing and new ways of living and working, and, not least, smart mobility and smart cities.

Other Thursday seminars has evolved around the importance of early co-creation with consulting engineers when developing sustainable solutions and DGNB, the leading certification system for sustainable buildings in Denmark. DGNB measures up to 50 different sustainability criteria from the quality sections ecology, economy, socio-cultural aspects, technology, process work flows and site.

Check out the new headquarters for Orbicon or the renovation of COWI’s headquarters to see some of our DGNB-certified projects.

A record-breaking landmark for modern Scotland now officially open

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This week saw the opening of the most ambitious infrastructure project in Scotland in modern time – the impressive Queensferry Crossing. The spectacular construction is designed by DISSING+WEITLING as sub-consultants to a joint venture of Arup and Jacobs. Scotland’s new landmark was inaugurated by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has claimed much media attention both locally and abroad.

Monday saw the opening ceremony of the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II cut the ribbon – just as she did more than 50 years ago when opening the neighbouring Forth Road Bridge. The Queen stated that the new bridge was a “breath-taking sight” and one of three “magnificent structures” across the Firth of Forth and she praised the designers, engineers and constructors for their visions and remarkable skills in modern engineering.

A record-breaking new landmark for modern Scotland

Queensferry Crossing, running across the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, has been underway for ten years. The prestigious bridge is Great Britain’s tallest and with its vital importance to the passage across the Forth. With a total construction of £1.35 billion it is the most ambitious infrastructure project in Scotland ever. Besides being Great Britain’s tallest, the 2.7-kilometre long bridge is also the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge with three pylons. Each pylon stands 210 metres tall and more than 37,000 kilometres of cable was used for the cable-stays – equivalent to the circumference of the earth.

The new bridge is situated alongside two other bridges, one from the late 1800s and the other from the mid-1900s. Both are regarded as tremendous engineering accomplishments of their respective time. The two bridges, one a red steel railway bridge and the other a suspension road bridge, are listed as protected historical landmarks. This made the design of the new bridge an even bigger challenge for the design team – to create a contemporary bridge that could be a feat of contemporary engineering as well as uniting all three constructions into a harmonious whole and become a new landmark for modern Scotland.

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An infrastructural hub near Edinburgh

Each day more than 60,000 vehicles cross the Forth, which until now has created massive congestions on either side. Built for different eras, the two existing bridges have not been capable of coping with the increase in traffic. Hence, the new bridge is a long-sought-for addition to the vital connection between the capital, Edinburgh, the region Fife and the east coast of Scotland. 

Through the years, DISSING+WEITLING has designed many spectacular landmark bridges around the world – amongst others the iconic suspension bridge of the Great Belt Link and Stonecutters Bridge that stands as a monument over Hong Kong’s harbor. Having many design similarities with the latter, the new Queensferry Crossing hereby joins the league of the world’s most impressive bridges.

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DISSING+WEITLING prequalified for prestigious bridge competition in Budapest

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Together with Spanish consulting engineers FHECOR, DISSING+WEITLING has been prequalified for a large international competition to design an innovative signature bridge across the Danube River in Budapest.

The bridge will become a notable new landmark for the beautiful Hungarian capital. The ambition is that the bridge will play an important part in the urban development, strengthen the city’s identity and enhance the inhabitants’ quality of life. The project, called New Danube Bridge, is developed as a collaboration between the Hungarian government and the city government of Budapest.

Poul Ove Jensen, architect and Design Director of Bridges and Infrastructure at DISSING+WEITLING, says: ”To add a new bridge to the numerous magnificent historical bridges that connects Buda and Pest is a dream project for a bridge designer.”

The new bridge will function a catalyst for the development of the southern part of Budapest. It will connect the Csepel area, which is located on a small island in the Danube, with Buda and Pest – the two historical parts of the city. The bridge will also enable the development of a future ring road around the periphery of the city, easing traffic congestion in the crowded city centre. The ambitious bridge project will result in a six-lane road and tram bridge including pedestrian and bicycle paths, lookouts and new urban spaces in connection with the bridge.

Having solid experience from several similar projects, DISSING+WEITLING is one of the world’s leading architecture firms when it comes to bridge design and infrastructural solutions. Recently, the company designed the spectacular future Hising Bridge (link) in Gothenburg, which will not only be an important new connection across the busiest harbour in Scandinavia but also create a welcoming urban area along the waterfront. As is the case with the New Danube Bridge, the Hising Bridge will contribute to the development of the city centre and strengthen regional infrastructure. 

The prestigious New Danube Bridge competition has 18 prequalified teams, including some of the world’s leading bridge designers. If everything goes as planned, it will be possible to cross the new bridge in 2024.

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