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The London Cable Car is an important new addition to the London transport network, marrying the regeneration hotspot of the Greenwich Peninsula and 02 centre in the South, with the Royal Victoria Dock, Excel Centre and onward DLR transport links to the North.

The cable car provides pedestrian and cycle access across the river on an exhilarating five minute journey that rises to a height of over 90 metres above the Thames, giving stunning views over Greenwich and Canary Wharf, and towards the City to the West, the Olympic Park to the North and the Thames Estuary to the East.

We pushed our 3D design capability hard to enable collaborative real-time design of the towers with Wilkinson Eyre using parametric design software. Grasshopper in particular allowed the development of a shared project geometry enabling analysis of the changing tower geometry to feed into the design development in a timely manner.

Threading the project through numerous existing in-ground obstacles and above-ground challenges had significant impact on the development of the design for the stations and associated structures. We particuarly like the challenges of the North Station, the structure of which resides entirely within the Royal Victoria Dock, the ground floor floating just a few hundered millimetres above the water surface.

The project received planning permission in early 2011 and opened on 28 June 2012.

Photo-renders courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Seán Walsh
Andrew Weir
George Oates

Client: Transport For London

Architects: Wilkinson Eyre

Status: Completed 2012

London Cable Car