Sir Ove Arup: The Design of Bridges


  • Jørgen Nissen




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Over Arup (1895-1988) once said in a BBC interview that the two structures that had given him most satisfaction were the Highpoint flats in North London (1935) and the Kingsgate footbridge, Durham, Yorkshire (1963), as “both are rather perfect examples of the complete integration of architecture, structure and method of construction”.

How to Cite

Nissen, J. (2011). Sir Ove Arup: The Design of Bridges. Docomomo Journal, (45), 76–79.



Author Biography

Jørgen Nissen

Joined Arup in 1962, at first designing shell structures. He was one of the prize–winning Calder Bridge competition team and later in attendance at the birth of the Highways and Bridges group. He was made a director in 1977, a main board director in 1984 and a trustee in 1992. He retired from the board in 1999 and as a trustee in 2004. He is now a consultant to Arup.