A40N Climbing Towers

The Wesway runs two-and-a-half miles on an elevated stretch of road which takes around seven minutes to travel by car. It’s a landscape familiar to Londoners, and one that has been an inspiration to writers and musicians.

 

 

Client: Westfield

Location: London W12

Status: Competition winning entry 2011

Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering

Images: Visualhouse

A40N Climbing Towers

The Wesway runs two-and-a-half miles on an elevated stretch of road which takes around seven minutes to travel by car. It’s a landscape familiar to Londoners, and one that has been an inspiration to writers and musicians.

This competition winning proposal for Westfield provides a gateway to welcome visitors entering London along the elevated section of the A40  from the West. The gateway to form a striking milestone on the stretch of road, but also draw attention to the community beneath. The towers are a pair of sinuous, sculptural columns on either side of the flyover to form a landmark 75 metres high and feature a lightweight, efficient structure.

It calls to mind the ‘Flip Flap’ ride at White City’s Franco-British Exhibition of 1908, but with attached rock-climbing holds to the lower portion of the towers, enabling climbers to scale the structure high above the roadway and creating an exciting addition to the existing Westway Climbing Centre. A stair or lift at the interior gives access to the top viewing level for visitors.

Viewed from the road, it is is an elegant, sculptural gateway, while at ground level it becomes a unique attraction to add to this special area of London. At night the steel mesh-clad structure of the gateway is lit from within, creating a glowing beacon.

 

 

Client: Westfield

Location: London W12

Status: Competition winning entry 2011

Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering

Images: Visualhouse