Christchurch Bridge, Reading

Bringing green infrastructure to the daily commute

A new pedestrian-cycle bridge over the River Thames, linking to Reading train station, became the catalyst to wider environmental and community improvements.

Christchurch Bridge, Reading

Riverbank Habitats

Working with Design Engine Architects and Peter Brett Associates, the landscape strategy, improves connectivity to the urban park known as Christchurch Meadows. This includes enhancements to the riverbank habitats and the adjacent equipped play area.

In keeping with the parkland’s character, specimen tree planting has shaped a distinct ‘welcome mat’ leading up to the new bridge. Flood compensation measures and modern bioengineering techniques have created a new wetland habitat along the river.


River Restoration

River Restoration

Whilst at Influence Environmental, founder director Phil Deacon worked closely with Reading Borough Council’s Park and Landscape team and river restoration specialists Salix, to create a series of wetland habitats. Together they created a sustainable, ecologically-rich environment achieved by an appreciation of the landscape character and its unique sense of place.

Following completion in 2015, the project was commended for a Civic Award in 2016.

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Reading Borough Council


Design Engine Architects, Peter Brett Associates, Salix