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HOK unveils new East London Bridge concept

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HOK Architects has unveiled plans for a new Thames crossing in East London on the 120th anniversary of the completion of Tower Bridge

Working with engineers Arup, the concept for the Bridge East London would see a new link between Beckton and Thamesmead at Gallions Reach.

The proposed bridge has been designed to allow passage for ships and takes into account aircraft taking off or landing at City Airport. The plans also show a dedicated cycle path underneath the main carriageway.

HOK have recently completed the BBC’s refurbishment of Broadcasting House as well as the Francis Crick Institute in Kings Cross while Arup’s previous work includes the Sydney Opera House, Singapore’s Helix Bridge and High Speed One.

The Bridge East London campaign has been launched by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), in response to the current dearth of road crossings at the eastern stretch of the Thames.

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of LCCI said: ‘Nearly half of London’s population lives east of Tower Bridge yet they are served by only two fixed road river crossings. It is an area with huge amounts of potential and while the Olympics acted as a crucible for creativity and dynamism in the area, its future growth is being held back by this gap in transport infrastructure.

‘We know that the Mayor shares our enthusiasm for helping the east of the capital to maximise its exciting reinvention. The area is currently attracting the worlds brightest and best whether to the financial heartland of Canary Wharf, the Royal Docks development or the high-tech firms flocking to Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch.

‘New road river crossings linking east and south east London over the Thames will bring new jobs and homes to an area of the capital that has been overlooked for too long.’

Richard Gammon, HOK’s Global Director, Aviation + Transportation, said: ‘If the full potential of east London is to be harnessed and maximised to the benefit of our growing city, then we need to provide catalysts to enable that potential to flourish.  Improving connectivity and accessibility is a key element of this regenerative process, and we strongly believe that a new bridge in this location will act as a powerful stimulant to growth, the strengthening of local communities and businesses, and the enhancement of the local environment’

Stephanos Samaras, Director at Arup said: ‘London’s infrastructure is already under pressure and as the city’s population continues to grow it is more important than ever that we provide better accessibility and connectivity to integrate communities. Infrastructure projects such as Crossrail are going a long way to help increase capacity but this proposed bridge could provide a much needed link for east London.”

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