Lockmeadow Millennium Bridge
The Lockmeadow Millennium Bridge opened in October 1999, providing a quick route between the town centre and the Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre.
Maidstone residents helped choose the footbridge. Maidstone Borough Council held a design competition and the judges considered views gained at a public exhibition. The judges, including expert architects and engineers, chose a world class design by Flint and Neill Partnership/Chris Wilkinson Architects.
One of the judges, former Deputy Secretary of the Royal Fine Art Commission Richard Coleman described the location as: “the most sensitive site for a bridge crossing in the country.”
It spans the River Medway, joining the modern leisure complex and market square to the town centre and the All Saints Conservation Area, which includes All Saints Church and the historic Grade I listed Archbishops’ Palace.
The innovative cable-stayed aluminium bridge spans from a single pier on the Lockmeadow side of the River Medway. The pier breaks the span of the bridge and allows it to cross the Lockmeadow flood plain.
It also supports the base for the two support masts, which in turn support cables anchored to either side of the deck. The result is a design with elegant simplicity, totally in tune with its historic surroundings.