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Working with One World Design Architects, Expedition has carried out the initial structural design for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea.
The bridge, to be built as a legacy for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, is an elegant three span structure with intersecting arches. Sympathetic to its context and responsive to the adjacent railway bridge, the Diamond Jubilee Footbridge will allow greater integration between areas north and south of the river and greatly improve the Thames Path in the area.
The three-span arrangement of the bridge, with larger outer spans and a smaller central span, maintains unobstructed access to the pier at Albion Quay on the south of the river. It also minimises the need for foundations in the river while limiting the structural height so that the bridge does not
extend into the airspace required by the nearby Battersea Heliport.
The use of diamond-shaped steel sections both reflects the name of the bridge and allows the arch section size to be varied to provide efficiency, providing material only where it is needed. With the depth of the sections significantly reduced towards the top of the arches, the long-views of the bridge will appear particularly elegant.
The bridge was granted planning approval approved by both Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth councils in 2013 with Greater London Authority following in early 2014.
London Assembly Member Caroline Russell‘s motion to the London Assembly was passed on 7 September 2016.
Model photography courtesy of our sister company thomas.matthews colleague Peter Clarkson. Renders courtesy of One World Design.