Royal Victoria Dock and Bridge, London

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The Royal Victoria Dock Bridge is a signature high-level footbridge crossing the Royal Victoria Dock in the Docklands area of east London designed by London-based architects and designers Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The bridge provides a direct link from Eastern Quay and Britannia Village, a residential development to the south of the dock, to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre and Custom House station, both situated to the north of the dock.The bridge takes the form of an inverted Fink Truss, with six masts rising above the deck at 25.5m centres, varying in height from almost 30m at each end to just 10.6m for the smallest masts. The shape of the bridge is designed to reflect the masts of the sailing boats which use the dock. The bridge crosses the dock with a clearance of some 15m above the water, a height which was necessary to allow yachts to pass below the bridge deck. The bridge is accessed at each end by lift and stair towers.The bridge was completed in 1998, at a cost of £5 million. A second construction stage envisaged in the bridge's design involves the addition of a glass passenger cabin travelling on a rail of the underside of the deck to make this a transporter bridge.
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  • I recently stayed down by the dock for three days after visiting briefly last summer. The area is very nice and there's a few hotels, restaurants and two supermarkets all within close reach of Excel, ...  more »
  • If you are staying nearby go swimming in the docks...But summer is best...there is an official swim club anyone can join...  more »
  • Generally cheaper hotels in this area than central London but a nice area to stay in with lots of food & drink, local attractions and easy transport to central London. I wouldn't call the bridge itsel...  more »
  • One of London's highest and most dramatic bridges! Amazing bridge and great views of Excel exhibition centre to the southern side of the docks ! be careful when raining or icey the stairs and walkway can be slippery due to the stainless steel material render. maybe take the lift if its working.
  • Views are great from this bridge... you can see up and done the Thames for miles on a clear day! However- It gets very windy, and I imagine it can get very slippery when wet due to the metal flooring surface. Each side has lift and stair access- so its fully accessible. When I visited & crossed I was disappointed by the maintenance and 'state' of it- the lifts were vandalized, disgustingly dirty, broken bottles etc. Also- some of the wooden flooring needed replacing as it was loose, and sticking up slightly in areas- a possible trip hazard. Maybe not a bridge to use at certain times of the evening / night.
  • Large dock area now fully developed and containing hotels, luxury flats, restaurants, bars, and of course the Excel centre. At one end of the dock is a cable water ski course, and the Emirates cable car which travels over the River Thames to the O2 Arena. There are a few original dockside cranes, and a central walkway from one side to the other. With the large open water area it makes for a pleasant
  • Welcome to the Alimak Hek show!!!!! I like this bridge because of the interesting lift arrangement which uses lifts designed for building sites. Sadly none of the lifts are now working.
  • Scary to walk, but amazing view point.
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