West India Quay Floating Bridge, Canary Wharf, London, UK

Future Systems
Date Built
Opened 1996
West India Quay - Canary Wharf
The bridge spans the West India Quay dock.  It is 94 metres long supported on four pairs of X-shaped tubular steel struts that are bolted to pontoon floats that are filled with polystyrene. 

The deck of the bridge is clad with wooden planks.  This is a bascule bridge with two opening sections in the middle to allow the movement of boats.  At night the lime-green paintwork is luminous and the handrails light up.

The pontoon structures have reminded some of a flying boat and others of a water-boatman insect perching on the surface of the water.

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