Greenwich Reach Swing Bridge Wins at the Structural Awards
Greenwich Reach Swing Bridge has won the Pedestrian Bridges category at the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 2015 Structural Awards. This award is presented for excellence in the structural design of pedestrian, cycle, equestrian or similar light bridge structures.
The bridge, for which Raymond Brown Construction was the principal contractor, was designed by Flint & Neill for Roamquest Ltd. The architect was Moxon Architects, the M&E engineer Eadon Consulting, and the steel and M&E fabricators were SH Structures and Qualter Hall, respectively.
This footbridge completes a much needed link in the Thames Path, crossing the mouth of Deptford Creek in South East London – the historic dockyards area where Elizabeth 1st knighted Francis Drake. It delivers a valued link for local residents to access public transport and local attractions (removing the detour inland that involved using a busy highway crossing).
Drive motors rotate the bridge through 110 degrees, swinging it open to allow access for local river traffic. Its design was inspired by modern yachts, reflecting the maritime heritage of the local area.
Judge’s comment: The judges were impressed by the response to the engineering challenge presented by this site. The solution has been executed elegantly, creating a lightweight coherent response to a classic bridge form; with respect for its surroundings and future adaptability. The innovative approach allows for clear structural expression of the counter-balance, in contrast with the slender bridge deck, lending this bridge a meticulously engineered aesthetic.