Benedetti Architects

Benedetti Architects

London, GB


Scale Lane Bridge, Hull

Winner of an international competition for a new opening pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Hull. As well as improving connection between the city centre and the under-developed east bank, the new swing bridge acts as a focus for riverside regeneration and creates a memorable new civic landmark. Uniquely it allows people the experience of riding on the bridge while it actually rotates - a world first. It has become a visitor destination in the city.

The distinctive form of the 57m bridge recalls Hull’s maritime heritage. It creates a series of places for people to enjoy the riverscape, providing a choice of generous routes, varied vantage points and places to sit as well as a cafe/restaurant within the bridge.

The design also includes new landscaped public spaces on each bank, connecting back into the city context. A public art installation developed with artist Nayan Kulkarni embeds text and a subtle soundscape across the whole site, adding further layers to peoples’ experience. The sound and light systems are utilised to signal and dramatise the opening movement of the bridge. 

“Scale Lane Bridge is architecture and engineering. Its aesthetic qualities are deeply rooted in what it means to dwell for a while on/over the river and look back to the city. It is at once sculptural and practical, heroic and intimate. Use it, be seen on it, strut on it! Enjoy it- it is a venue in its own right.”

Civic Trust Award citation 

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Status: Built
Additional Credits: Clients: Homes and Communities Agency, Yorkshire Forward, Hull Forward,
Hull City Council
Team: Benedetti Architects
McDowell+Benedetti (to July 2016)* Arup
Qualter Hall
Alan Baxter Associates Sutton-Vane Associates
Nayan Kulkarni Budget: £7m
Status: Opened 28 June 2013
Published: ‘Masterpieces- Bridge arch. & design’
The Observer; Architects’ Journal;
RIBA Journal; Building Design; Building; Architecture Today; Wallpaper; Dezeen; New Civil Engineer; OfArch (Italy)
Civil Engineering (USA); local and regional newspapers, radio and TV
Awards: BD Infrastructure Architect of 2014 World Architecture Festival Award 2014
Civic Trust Award 2014
Civic Trust Special Award for Community Impact & Engagement 2014
AIA ‘Excellence in Design’ Award 2014 RIBA Yorkshire Award 2014
Living Waterways Award 2014
Structural Steel Design, commended World Architecture News Transport Award Architizer A+ Award Finalist 2015
RICS Pro Yorkshire Design Through Innovation Award ‘15, highly commended