Knight Architects with engineers AKT II has beaten a top-secret shortlist to design a pedestrian bridge in Paddington Basin, London
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The High Wycombe-based bridge specialist is the third practice to work up a crossing for the site, which currently hosts a temporary structure by sculptor Marcus Taylor known as the Helix Bridge.
Knight Architects’ 20-metre long moving structure, which opens with an action ‘similar to that of a traditional Japanese hand fan,’ is one of the final pieces of the canalside area’s 32-hectare regeneration.
The stainless steel scheme features a three-metre wide cantilevering deck, which is hinged at its north end and raised using hydraulic jacks.
In 2006 Sutherland Hussey Architects won a competition for the site, but fell out with the client following planners’ criticism. In 2007 Hake Associates was drafted in to replace the practice, but their designs were superseded following the adoption of a new masterplan.
The latest bridge for European Land Developments is part of a 116,000m² mixed-use scheme masterplanned by Robin Partington Architects, which won detailed planning consent last May and has now started on site.
Partington said the brief for the bridge changed as a result of the new masterplan, which features a ‘pocket park’ and four mixed-use buildings, including Westminster’s tallest tower