Congratulations to my friends and clients,  Adams & Sutherland architects, winners of the Architect of the Year Awards 2012 in the Public Realm category.

Above, the underpass at Bow flyover in East London is likely to be a lifesaver. One of the city’s most dangerous junctions, 2011 saw two cyclists die there within the space of two months.

A textured, non-slip walkway and lighting at floor-level give a very ‘indoor’ feel to what would otherwise be a user-unfriendly space.

One of the judges commented that “Bow Riverside is so unlikely as a project: who would have thought you could make a route under a bridge in the dark, but they’ve pulled it off”.[/av_text]