Central Park Footbridge, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20
Designed to adapt from Games to Legacy mode, the bridge’s distinctive mirror-finish stainless steel cladding brings the surrounding landscape to life. During The Games, the bridge was perceived as part of the park’s continuous high-level concourse, balanced with the winding waterways and towpaths of the ecological setting below. Described as a ‘Dancing Keel’, the current legacy mode is defined
by a Z-shaped structural form, providing a route for admiring the view. The spans coupled with the shallow deck constraints were solved with an engineering design utilising trapezoidal trusses, tuned mass dampers and fixity into the robust concrete abutments.