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Rotherhithe Crossing

London, UK

Large lifting Bridge in Canary Wharf over River Thames

Rotherhithe Crossing

London, UK

Client

Transport for London (TfL)

Programme

2017-18

Stage 1 Design Team

Knight Architects and Arcadis

Stage 2 Design Team

Knight Architects and Atkins

Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Crossing in London is a major pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the River Thames. The £400m crossing will be the first new structure downstream of the iconic Tower Bridge and will also feature an opening span, in this case a world-record for a pedestrian bridge with a lifting span of 180m, to be raised up to 65m above water level.

Having explored a range of bridge, tunnel and enhanced-ferry options, Transport for London (TfL) established that only a navigable bridge would deliver the active travel objectives set out in London’s Healthy Streets Policy and the Mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy.

Knight Architects first worked alongside consultant Arcadis to deliver a series of feasibility studies, exploring the location, generic typologies and constraints of a navigable bridge solution. Following the completion of the feasibility stage, and supported by a positive response from public consultation, Knight Architects is working alongside SNC-Lavalin Atkins to develop the preferred option through the Transport and Works Act planning process.

Large lifting Bridge in Canary Wharf over River Thames looking towards city
Large lifting Bridge in Canary Wharf over River Thames view from above tower

“It will be London’s first-ever cycling-and-walking bridge of its kind and amongst one of the longest bridges that are open for vessel crossings in the world. It is an ambitious project in this rapidly growing part of London… that has been proposed for over a decade, but it is only now that it is getting the focus and expertise needed to make it a reality.”

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Large lifting Bridge in Canary Wharf over River Thames View up tower
Large lifting Bridge in Canary Wharf over River Thames View of tower and truss