Gravity, which is based on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) between Puriton and Woolavington, is installing a ‘green’ bridge to carry a public bridleway over the new road that connects the 616-acre site to the A39.
Located to the south of Puriton, the bridge will be planted with a variety of grasses and native plants, either side of the two-meter wide path, creating a ‘living’ bridge over the link road.
Gravity, the project to create the UK’s first smart campus and community, is building the bridge to allow users of a local bridleway to safely cross the new road and access the surrounding countryside.
As well as offering safe passage, the aim is for the green bridge to support environmentally friendly travel and leisure, contributing to the area’s biodiversity and becoming an attractive point of interest.
Paul Lowndes at Gravity, comments: “Gravity is committed to delivering an inclusive project that brings benefits to the local community which includes helping people to access, and enjoy, the countryside. The green bridge is a fantastic engineering structure and forms a key part of the vision for Gravity and delivers on our commitment to invest locally – providing a safe way to cross the new link road.”
The structure is part of wider efforts by Gravity to create an exceptional and inclusive place to help drive the UK’s shift towards a zero-carbon economy. In doing so, the landmark project aims to create 4,000 high quality jobs and place Sedgemoor at the centre of the national clean growth revolution, benefitting local communities, the district and wider region.
The bridge is expected to be opened to the public by July 2021. Planting will be added during the autumn planting season.
People are invited to stay up to date about the project’s progression by signing-up for Gravity’s e-newsletter by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 0330 1070 535, or by visiting thisisgravity.co.uk/community/.