Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013

147 X Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013 - Category 2: Civil Structures Category 2: Civil Structures 2 Short description │Footbridges of the “Smedenpoort” With total lengths of 62.5 m and 57.2 m, respectively, the footbridges at the Smedenpoort in Bruges provide a safe passage for pedestrians embracing the listed gateway. Weathering steel is used for the main structure; concrete tiles form a bridge deck that is 2 m wide. To minimise the dimensions of the structural elements and maximise the transparency of the structure, the railing and bridge deck become structural and the spans are reduced. The position and dimension of the railing bars is determined by a pattern. Each 5 m section of the bridge is supported by a small column. The footbridges embrace the gateway with their curved trajectory and, at night, with light-emitting diodes integrated into the handrail of the outer railing. Ney & Partners Contact Bart Bols Address Terhulpsesteenweg 181 1170 Brussels, Belgium Phone +32 2 6432180 Email [email protected] Website Ney & Partners is a structural engineering consultancy, established in Brussels. Since its creation in 1997, the office has worked with a pro-active view on the art of engineering through the integration of the different civil works disciplines. This integration and optimisation of structural elements aims to overcome the classic hierarchic assembly of constructive solutions. Innovative bridges, roof structures and works of art developed by our office most clearly express this vision. The construction project quality lies in the synthesis of specific design constraints. The structural aspect is of primary importance to this synthesis. From the very beginning of the design process, Ney & Partners conducts constant research for advanced engineering integration. In doing so, our position as an engineering consultancy goes beyond the standardised dimensioning of predefined technical solutions. Ney & Partners currently employs more than 45 civil engineers, architects and draughtsmen. Project information Owner City of Bruges Architect Ney & Partners General Contractor Depret nv Engineering Office Ney & Partners Location Brugge, Belgium Construction Period 06/2011 to 07/2012