A planning application has been submitted for the construction of a remarkable 305 meters zig-zag innovative Royal Victoria Dock Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge. This ambitious project is a crucial component of the £5 billion Silvertown development. It is led by The Silvertown Partnership in collaboration with Lendlease.
The proposed design features a unique ‘Double S-curve’ shape. The shape not only adds aesthetic appeal but also incorporates a double bascule mechanism at its midpoint. This innovative feature will enable the bridge to open, allowing unimpeded access for large vessels navigating the dock.
The primary purpose of this bridge is to establish a vital link between the ExCel center and Custom House station on the northern side of the dock with Silvertown, situated at the base of the recently restored Millennium Mills.
The Royal Victoria Dock Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge project’s funding amounts to £233 million. It has been secured through a loan from Homes England. It is specifically designated to support the development of 6,500 homes within the Silvertown site.
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Royal Victoria Dock Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge to enhance connectivity and livability in the Royal docks
According to Ed Mayes, the Project Director for Silvertown at Lendlease, this new bridge holds immense significance in unlocking the site’s potential. It will also revolutionize connectivity across the Royal Docks.
The Royal Victoria Dock Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge also aims to create a vibrant hub that enhances the connection between people and the waterfront. Thus, it will reduce travel time to London’s West End to a mere 20 minutes. Mayes further emphasizes the bridge’s stunning design will be an exciting new addition to the city.
This is because it will serve as a grand entrance to Silvertown. Notably, the bridge will prioritize car-free access, promoting a pleasurable and sustainable environment for residents, workers, and visitors alike.
Ultimately, this transformative bridge across Royal Victoria Dock aspires to establish an inviting and harmonious place to live, work, and indulge in recreational activities.