MJP’s University of Birmingham Steam Bridge is published in the Architects’ Journal this week (26th January 2012, page 10-11) with a double-page photograph by Simon Kennedy (opposite) in the AJ’s ‘The Week in Architecture: News in Pictures’ section.
The project is also covered on the Architects’ Journal website in an article by Melvin Fulcher entitled ‘MJP unwraps stainless steel-clad utility bridge in Birmingham’. The article includes more photographs by Simon Kennedy along with plans, sections and details of the bridge.
The Steam Pipe Bridge is designed as an elegant, sinuous sculptural form, ‘flowing’ across the canal and railway lines. The curved silver cladding reflects the colours of the trees and water, whilst the rippling slots enliven its surface. Birmingham and the West Midlands are UK centres of industry and the bridge uses aeronautical, transport and engineering imagery in its design, to reflect its location at the University of Birmingham and to illustrate its purpose.
The curved 2k finished, laser cut, Grade 316 stainless cladding was designed by MJP for a very long service life with zero cleaning and maintenance. The Steam Bridge is a key component of a forward-looking major programme to refurbish and extend the University of Birmingham’s combined heat and power (CHP) network.