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Future Systems wins in Dublin with 'sea creature' bridge - images

Future Systems has been chosen to design this new bridge for trams over Dublin's Royal Canal.

The Spencer Dock Bridge in the city's docklands has been drawn up in collaboration with Arup for the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the Rail Procurement Agency.

The scheme, which will become the 'centrepiece' of the planned royal Canal Linear Park, will accommodate the proposed extension to the 'Luas' C1 Tram line.

The bridge - dubbed the Manta Ray - will have space for two tram and car lanes as well as pedestrian and cycle paths on the edges 'which widen and step down to the water'.

Describing the design, a spokesman for the practice said: 'The white concrete structure is almost as wide as it is long and is supported at mid-span due to site constraints and the deck being only 600mm thick in some sections.

'When finished, the bridge will be vibrantly lit at night to give it a high visibility against the deep canal water.'

The sea creature-like structure is the second Future Systems design in recent months to take its inspiration from the world beneath the waves. The practice's competition-winning design for Prague Library was also said to have been inspired by underwater creatures (Future Systems wins its first-ever Czech scheme).

The tendering process for the construction of the bridge will commence in June and work is expected to start on site in autumn this year.

by Richard Waite

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