Rolling Bridge

Heatherwick Studio, London, 2004

 

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Retractable 12 metre long pedestrian bridge that spans an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin

Rather than a single rigid element that fractures and lifts out of the way, the bridge curls from a conventional, straight bridge, into a circular sculpture, to open.

The structure opens using a series of hydraulic rams integrated into the balustrade. As it curls, each of the eight triangular segments simultaneously lifts, causing it to roll until the two ends touch and form a circle. The bridge can be stopped at any point along its journey.

The whole structure was constructed at Littlehampton Welding on the Sussex coast and then floated up the Grand Union Canal, before being lifted into position and attached to the hydraulic system which powers its movement.

Data

  • Completed: Sep 2004
  • Floor area: 17m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Address: The Rolling Bridge, South Wharf Road, Paddington Basin, London, W2 1NW, United Kingdom

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