Name that bridge

There’s only a week to go if you want to have your say in what name should be given to Bath’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Avon.

Judging by the Bath Quays Bridge website – https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/planning-and-building-control/major-projects/bath-quays-bridge – the council already favour a name!

Anyway, they are letting you have your say, and here’s an unusual take on events courtesy of regular contributor, Rob Coles, who writes:

“It would be nice to name the new bridge after its designer Paris-based Architect/Engineer Marc Mimram or even simpler The French Bridge.   

The then Chair of BANES Cllr Ian Gilcrist with Architect/ Engineer Marc Mimram at the reception to announce the winner of the selected bridge design in November 2015

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the son of another French-born engineer (and another Marc), Sir Marc Brunel, also won a competition to bridge the Avon at Clifton in Bristol.

Alternatively……………

Advertisement for Court Royal the brand name of Charles Bayer

The bridge is next to Charles Bayer’s building which was the first English purpose-built corset factory – The Albion Stay Factory (1892).   Call the bridge the Stay Bridge, that would also confuse bridge designers and experts as they would expect a Cable Stayed Bridge 

I don’t think the Broad or Narrow quays stretched as far as the bridge – a bridge too far!”

Thanks for that Rob. We await the grand opening of this new crossing but l have a feeling it won’t be too far ahead!

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