Grand River Pedestrian Bridge, 2017
In 2015, T.K. Justin Ng and Joshua Macdonald won first place for the Grand River Pedestrian Bridge Design.
The pedestrian bridge will link the east and west sides of the Grand River, providing a car-free option for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the river. The bridge will provide a connection between the future Gaslight District, the Dunfield Theatre and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture on the east side, with the Galt Little Theatre, new digital library and other downtown amenities on the west side of the river.
Our design of the Grand River Pedestrian Bridge both respect the history of Galt and yearn for the future of the city. The proposal carefully makes use of material and lighting to create a new bridge that lightly touches over the Grand River. Through the use of weathered steel, the bridge pays homage to the railway that once ran across Galt at the height of the mill industry.
The bridge’s foundations will be behind the existing floodwalls and will use the existing pier in the river. Pre-engineered, the bridge will be installed in two sections from the shore and will be 102 metres in length.
In 2016, Joshua and Justin continued the development of the bridge with The Ventin Group. There, a new concept was developed that reflected the textile industry in the city. In the winter of 2017, the City of Cambridge entered into an agreement with Bronte Construction of Oakville to construct the Grand River Pedestrian Bridge.