31 Jul 03
Whitbybird design wins London competition
A striking masted design has been announced as the winning entry in a competition for a pedestrian bridge over the River Lea in east London.
The competition judges applauded Whitbybird's design. "Not only is the bridge visually stunning, providing a real landmark at the Leamouth Peninsula, but it also shows real consideration for the everyday requirements of the pedestrians and cyclists who will use the bridge," said architect and design jury member Piers Gough.
The cable-stayed structure will open with a tilt-and-pivot motion, allowing river traffic to travel between the River Lea and the Thames. In plan, it is a 'Y' shape with links down to ground level on the north side as well as up to the elevated Lower Lea Crossing. All ramps have a maximum gradient of 1 in 20, providing comfortable access for pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists. When the bridge is fully open the mast will rest alongside the up ramp. Features of the design include an aluminium deck, sculptural staircases and lighting from LEDs and crushed glass 'lightboxes'.
Completion is scheduled for 2005/2006.