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Heneghan Peng completes ‘bubble gum’ Olympic Park bridge

[First look] Heneghan Peng Architects has completed this brightly coloured bridge for the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

The 54 metre-wide central park footbridge spans over the River Lea close to the Olympic Stadium and Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre and will be converted into two separate bridges following the games.

The Dublin-based studio’s design features two permanent stainless steel-clad footbridges which are linked by a central ‘blade-like’ walkway forming a Z-shaped structure.

The AKT II-engineered crossing features a temporary multi-coloured bridge deck which will be removed after the games.

A total of 125 tonnes of steel was used to construct the competition-winning design.

ODA director of infrastructure and utilities Simon Wright said: ‘With the main Olympic Park venues in place we are now seeing the completion of crucial new infrastructure to help stitch the site together and create an open and accessible new park for London.

‘With its colourful Games-time design and striking architecture in legacy, the central park bridge creates a new focal point in the Olympic Park for spectators and future generations to enjoy.’

The contractor was Belfast-based Lagan Construction and the steelwork was fabricated by Waagner-Biro.

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