Cranes have lifted into place the 50 tonne southern span and the 45 tonne northern span of Heneghan Peng Architects’ footbridge in the heart of the Olympic 2012 site
The Central Park Footbridge is being hailed as an essential part of the games’ infrastructure, spanning the River Lea at a key location between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
In line with the Olympics’ strategy to leave an appropriately-scaled legacy, the bridge will consist of both permanent and temporary elements.
The permanent structure will consist of two separate footbridges connected by a central walkway to form a ‘Z’ shape. During the games a temporary deck, surfaced with a recycled rubber material featuring colours of the five Olympic rings, will be placed between the permanent spans to cater for the increased spectator numbers.
Simon Wright, ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities said: ‘The Central Park bridge will help us lock-in legacy now by not only meeting Games-time needs but also leaving behind a striking structure in the heart of the Olympic Park for future generations to enjoy. Lifting in the main structural elements of the Central Park bridge is an important milestone and follows the good progress we are making in building new roads and bridges to create new links across the Olympic Park.’
Follow the development of all the Olympic sites on the London2012 website.