A collaboration with BAFTA Award Winning artists Langlands & Bell Pedestrian bridge linking Paddington station and the new Paddington Basin Development. The developers, Chelsfield PLC, commissioned three Artist/Engineer teams to develop three bridges over the canal within the Paddington Basin complex. This bridge was the largest of the three. The bridge developed more as an installation than a bridge. The Artists wanted to build a screen that would highlight the silhouettes of pedestrians. In addition the fritting on the glass creates a lively moiré pattern giving movement on the screen. The challenge in the engineering was to try and make the deck and ramps as discreet as possible, to not draw attention away from the screen. This was done by keeping the deck as slender as possible aligned with the grid on the screen. The glass used was low iron ie without any green edges and visually transparent.
Glass clad steel structure with cantilevered steel deck, ramp, stairs and lift.
Artist: Langlands & Bell, Client: Chelsfield PLC, Completed: 2003