Fan Bridge, Paddington, London

Knight Architects
AKT II Structural Engineer
Date Built
Completed 2015
Paddington Basin

The architects describe their bridge in Paddington Basin as, "... both simple and spectacular."  The 3m wide cantilevered deck is hinged at its north end.  The deck is made of five steel beams which are raised separately by hydraulic jacks and counterweights.  As the bridge opens the sections rise separately in a fan-like configuration.  As the architects say, "... In motion it will be an eye-catching kinetic sculpture whose silhouette is both legible and exciting and which is well suited to the position on Sunset Terrace."

The handrail houses low energy LED downlights for both aesthetic and safety purposes.