When Leaside Regeneration Ltd ran a competition for the design of a pedestrian and cycle bridge, they called for a bridge that is safe and attractive, and provides a direct link to London Underground, overground train and planned bus stops across the River Lea — linking historic wharfs such as Trinity Buoy Wharf on the Thames with the transport interchange.
In 2003, Ramboll and JSA Architecture won a major international competition to design a pedestrian and cycle bridge which crosses the River Lea close to the point where it joins the Thames, opposite the Millennium Dome. A new bridge was integral to plans for redeveloping the semi-derelict docklands of the Leamouth Peninsula in East London. A major hurdle for potential inhabitants was the area's comparative isolation, particularly from the transport hub of Canning Town.
Our winning design was for an elegant bascule, cable-stayed structure with a 60m mast, and was described by the judges as 'iconic'. To allow river traffic to pass, it would have opened with a unique tilt-and-pivot mechanism. When fully open, the bridge was designed to bring the mast to rest alongside the up-ramp, making maintenance more straightforward.
To facilitate access, we split the northern approach, making the bridge Y-shaped in plan with links both to ground level and to Lower Lea Crossing, which is an elevated dual carriageway with a pedestrian walkway on the bridge-side only. All ramps would have had a maximum gradient of 1 in 20 for the equal convenience of cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users.
Unfortunately, the proposed £3.5m Landmark Bridge fell through in 2005 after funding was withdrawn.