English Partnerships yesterday opened Lifschutz Davidson's £5.5 million Royal Victoria Dock footbridge (above) to the public. The 133m- long bridge has a 15m-high walkway which allows vessels to sail underneath. It spans the northern and southern sides of the dock, adjacent to London City Airport. Coincidentally, the bridge has been singled out for one of 58 riba awards this week. Judges praised the 'apt' height and slim proportions of the steel structure and the unusual engineering of the truss structure. For the riba awards see pages 8-9.