Gagarin Studio and DP Squared Engineers, working with The Landscape Agency, have secured planning approval for a new bridge at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire.
The Thaliana Bridge will span over the Queen Mother Lake at the south end of the gardens creating improved access, new routes and new views to and from the bridge across the water. New lakeside gardens are proposed by The Landscape Agency and an existing bank of trees will be strengthened to provide a more effective buffer to the adjacent road noise.
The bridge design is inspired by the pioneering research of Dr Rachel Leech and her genome sequencing of the Arabadopsis Thaliana, the first plant to have its genomes fully sequenced, enabling it to become a model organism for other research programmes.
The bridge is 21 metres long and 3 metres wide and will be fabricated in weathering steel and pre-weathered larch. Work is due to start on site in Autumn 2021.