With the number of residential and mixed-use developments in London’s Canary Wharf rising, and specifically the Newfoundland Building near Westferry Circus, the need for an additional pedestrian bridge was identified on the western end of Middle Dock. This new pedestrian bridge is an integral part of the redevelopment of the Park Place site, located on West India Avenue, and contributes to the wider regeneration by introducing improved connections to the public spaces and amenities of the Wharf.

Alloy Fabweld Ltd, our UK manufacturing partner, led the fabrication and installation of this footbridge from their large-scale, carbon-neutral, off-grid manufacturing facility in Essex, United Kingdom. SPS Technology engineer Keith Galway was seconded to the Alloy Fabweld team to inject the 45m² of SPS bridge deck panels used in the design and insure that the fabrication met SPS Technology’s high standards in bridge manufacturing.

The bridge assembly underwent a full-scale mock-up in Essex before being transported to Canary Wharf for its installation. The bridge was lifted into place on Middle Dock in roughly four hours, using a telescopic crane and a floating work platform/pontoon accompanied by a safety boat to ensure the highest health and safety standards throughout. The bridge beams were positioned first, followed by the SPS bridge deck panels. Once secured, the SPS panels were structurally sound and able to be used by the team as a work platform while the next panel was craned into place, with the team above and below the deck able to secure the panels in place without any special tools or machinery.

Once the panels were installed and secured, the bridge was immediately functional and ready for the levelling works at either end and for the wearing course to be applied.

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