Wood Wharf Rolling Bridge

In 2008 Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands won an invited competition to design a series of car and pedestrian bridges in London’s Canary Wharf, to form a waterside public realm that extends right through the proposed new development at Wood Wharf.

 

 

Client: Canary Wharf Group

Location: London E16

Status: Competition-winning project

Images: Visualhouse, Andrew Putler

Wood Wharf Rolling Bridge

In 2008 Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands won an invited competition to design a series of car and pedestrian bridges in London’s Canary Wharf, to form a waterside public realm that extends right through the proposed new development at Wood Wharf.

The distinctive road bridge to the south of the Western Basin forms a highly visible landmark, soaring into the sky between adjacent towers. The simple opening mechanism is evident in the bridge’s form – two L-shaped radiused spars roll spectacularly and elegantly to reverse their position.

This logical, elegant approach maximises visual interest and reduces complexity in construction and operation. The two northern pedestrian bridges are related visually – steel structures attached as ‘calipers’ to the outside of the boardwalk enabling it to rotate vertically (Bridge 1A is a twin bascule bridge) or horizontally (Bridge 1B a floating swing bridge).

The integration of both bridges into a single boardwalk system creates a unified pedestrian experience.

 

 

Client: Canary Wharf Group

Location: London E16

Status: Competition-winning project

Images: Visualhouse, Andrew Putler