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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 on from the maintenance issues in 2008, the bridge has been repaired and was fully operational from 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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TripAdvisor
  • I enjoyed too much this attraction. The mechanism of this bridge is more interesting than the EMMA bridge in Willenstad, Curaçao in the Caribbean. Recommend.
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  • The bridge was installed 12 years ago operated weekly at noon each Friday subject to wind conditions. The silent motion of movement from an unseen source is mystical. The bridge rises from one end and...  more »
  • This unusual bridge is fine example of great design and skillful engineering. It consists of eight triangular sections which can be either curled, when not in use, or spread across the canal as a twel...  more »
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  • This Heatherwick fellow is the best,not since Frank Lloyd Weight has design found function as this DESIGNER/INNOVATOR. ENJOY HIM.
  • Beautiful little area hidden in central London
  • I saw it at night so he didn't roll up 😥 But I discovered a nice place !
  • Awesome. Didn't even notice when walking over, before seen it rolled up lol :) must see
  • Really interesting attraction. if you are in the area well worth a visit. I was surprised it was even there until passing.