Name that Bridge

One thing is for sure – the new pedestrian bridge, down at the Bath Quays development, won’t be called Boaty Mcboatface!

Though l am sure B&NES is bracing itself for similar suggestions as it invites residents to help choose a name for the new bridge across the River Avon at the centre of the council’s flagship redevelopment project.

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There is already a shortlist of names for the pedestrian and cycling bridge that was designed by Marc Mimram and installed in November 2021.

They are: Bayer Bridge, Quays Bridge, Newark Bridge, Foundry Bridge and Craneworks Bridge.

Residents are also invited to submit their own suggestions, although all names are subject to the council’s street naming policy

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “The naming of this bridge represents the next step in the creation of a new and vibrant quarter for Bath’s businesses to flourish.

“Many of the names included on the shortlist reflect the history of the area as the site of the engineering company Stothert & Pitt and I would encourage people to choose their favourite or maybe submit their own ideas for names that reflect the history or geography of the site or the surrounding area.”

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The bridge naming event will run until 2 December 2022. The results will be considered by a special committee and then subject to a single-member decision by Councillor David Wood.  

The council will then have to submit the selected name for the street naming process. Once the proposed name has been agreed upon, the council will create and publish the legal order to name the bridge and the name will be announced.

You can find information and make your choice on the website.

PS. For me it’s got to be the Newark Bridge!