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Rolling Bridge, London

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The Rolling Bridge is a type of curling movable bridge completed in 2004 as part of the Grand Union Canal office & retail development project at Paddington Basin, London. Despite the connotation of its name, it is more accurately described as "curling".DesignThe Rolling Bridge was conceived by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, designed by SKM Anthony Hunt with Packman Lucas, and built by Littlehampton Welding Ltd. The Hydraulic design and development was done by Primary Fluid Power Ltd in the North West.The bridge consists of eight triangular sections hinged at the walkway level and connected above by two-part links that can be collapsed towards the deck by hydraulic cylinders, which are concealed in vertical posts in the bridge parapets. When extended, it resembles a conventional steel and timber footbridge, and is 12 metres long. To allow the passage of boats, the hydraulic pistons are activated and the bridge curls up until its two ends join, to form an octagonal shape measuring one half of the waterway's width at that point.The maintenance and opening of the bridge is managed by Merchant Square Estates and it is up every Friday at noon. Following maintenance issues in 2008, the bridge was repaired and was fully operational in April 2009.In 2005, the bridge won the British Structural Steel Design Award."Rolling" as a name and as a typeWhile its designer refers to this particular structure as "The Rolling Bridge" on his website, this should probably be regarded as the name for this particular bridge rather than a term to refer to its type, which could be more accurately described as a "curling bridge". This name is used by some to refer to this bridge. At present, this curling bridge is the only one of its type known to be in existence.
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  • Not worth a special trip but this is a very cool designed bridge that would be really special if it rolled out more than a few times a week.  more »
  • Canal near Paddington station a small little pedestrian bridge. Is Caterpillar to end up curled up in the electric characteristics. At noon on Friday for rounded corners in July 2017, according to the Web site says. Unfortunately when you visit is convenient, and turns to see. Designed by is a London double-decker bus as British architect. As recently developed this area, enjoy a boat close to the not as getting children to play in the fountain had become a place of rest with.
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  • Easy to find from Paddington main line station, take exit 3 Grand Union Canal, turn right and follow the path alongside the buildings by the canal then either half way down or just before Tesco turn l...  more »
  • Great place, quite calm. The is a free river taxi to Paddington or to little Venice around there
  • Such a cool bit of architecture. Tried to take some photos but too many people around. One of those you have to go to see to appreciate
  • Thomas Heatherwick: new London buses, Bombay Sapphire Distillery and today Rolling Bridge. Architect, Heatherwick Studio, Pedestrian, Images, Rolling Bridge London, Paddington Basin, Building, England ... Bridge Dimensions‎: ‎L x 12 metres, W x 1.4 metres ‎Materials‎: ‎Steel frame, and hard-wood timber deck ‎Construction‎: ‎Littlehampton Welding Design‎: ‎Heatherwick Studio Construction end 2005 Construction cost £500,000 ‎
  • It's a cool bridge and the only one of its type in the world. Worth seeing if you're in the area. Check the website for the operating times.
  • Abridged version: It rolls but can it rock ? The distinctive 'fan bridge' nearby is equally impressive.
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