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Forth Road Bridge Canopy

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Reiach and Hall Architects
location Edinburgh
function bridge, canopy, landmark
contributed by penny_lewis

The Forth Estuary Traffic Authority in Scotland now removed this toll structure for the existing bridge on the Firth of Forth. Essentially, the canopy acted as a traffic sign, housing electronic toll equipment and provides shelter and new safety mechanisms to protect the toll staff. Neil Gillespie, design director at Reiach and Hall, treated the commission as both a logistical challenge and a sculptural project. The form of the toll canopy, an asymmetrical monopitch block, tries to capture a sense of motion and was developed in response to the experience of using the bridge. From the south the canopy cants to one side as a nod to the bridge. If you are travelling towards Edinburgh, the structure forms a wedge rising up towards the capital city. The skin is lightweight; a metal mesh is exposed on the sides and underside of the canopy with a polycarbonate roof cover. The perforated skin reduces wind loads and allows for glimpses of the structure through the cladding.

Naomi says:
Hi Penny, thanks! we added it to the information, under 'opening hours', and also in the first line of the main text.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 26-Jan-10
A says:
No mention that this has now been demolished- thanks Penny.
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Forth Road Bridge Canopy
highway A90
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
Opening hours 01.2010: Due to a change of government in Scotland - and the removal of fee's to cross the bridge, this structure was actually dismantled entirely a couple of years ago. It's quite far located from the city itself so anybody going to visit, here's a warning: it actually doesn't exist any more.
How to get there? Located on the A90, Edinburgh-side of the Forth Road Bridge.
Completion 2006
ArchitectReiach and Hall Architects
Client Forth Estuary Transport Authority
Project ID 737
Latitude/Longitude 55°59'15N 03°24'16W
Contributed by penny_lewis
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