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Moxon submits plans for ultra-thin King’s Cross bridge

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Moxon Architects has submitted plans for a new ultra-thin pedestrian bridge at King’s Cross which is just 15mm thick 

The ‘minimalist’ bridge spans 38m across the Regent’s Canal between Camley Street and the new Gasholder Gardens park.

The design features a slender 15mm-thick steel plate structure with no intermediate supports.

According to the practice early design explorations ruled out cable-stayed or suspension bridges as these would have competed the surrounding historic buildings.

Pedestrians are led to the bridge by a gently sloping ramp.

The materials for the bridge’s handrails have been chosen to form a connection between the bridge and the user. The parapet changes from steel to hardwood while changing in profile from the curve of the beam to the straight edge of the handrail.

Moxon Architects practice director Ben Addy, said: ‘In such a diverse context of landmark structures and historic fabric it would be inappropriate for the new bridge to be an overly flamboyant structure: it should be a considered and beautiful addition to the location, but even more than this we were keen to develop a design that was as emphatically and enjoyably practical as its Victorian neighbours.’ 

If the scheme receives planning it is expected to complete in Spring 2017.

Moxon's Camley Street bridge

Moxon’s Camley Street bridge

Project data

Location King’s Cross, London
Type of project infrastructure
Client King’s Cross Central 
Architect Moxon Architects
Planting and ecology London Wildlife Trust
Structural engineer Arup
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Lighting consultant Hoare Lea
Main contractor Carillion
Span 38m
Funding private
Contract duration 9 months
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Design & Build

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  • Ben Addy's remarks show rather more sensitivity to the context than shown by Thomas Heatherwick's butchering of the coal drops.

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