London Legacy Development Corporation appointed us to deliver this technically difficult bridge passing over both Network Rail and Docklands Light Railway assets, designed to provide appropriate vertical and horizontal clearances to the railway infrastructure.
Carpenters Land Bridge is a vital pedestrian and cycle bridge that links the £1.1 billion East Bank culture and education district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to International Quarter London.
The project was awarded the Fosroc Engineering Award, before being named as Overall Winner of the CIHT Awards 2020. It has also been shortlisted for Project of the Year at the ICE London Awards 2020.
Believed to be a UK first, the innovative installation of Carpenters Land Bridge encapsulates exceptional engineering. Using a unique Self-Propelled Modular Transporter, we manoeuvred and positioned the complete bridge (66m long/7.2m wide/350tn of steel) as a long, eccentrically loaded cantilever, on wheels. It was balanced using a 450tn counterweight. Within an extremely constrained site, across five railway tracks, and we completed the launch during a single possession – 15 hours early.
Equally as impressive, our team completed the installation on Christmas Day (3.30am/3.30pm) – the perfect “present” for the multi-billion-pound East Bank regeneration scheme.
"The innovative solution, using off-site fabrication and novel construction techniques provided a potential model for others to follow. There were significant benefits in delivering during a constrained time window with large social values for the community and business"