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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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  • Royal Victoria Dock (RVD) is a picturesque inner dock surrounded by bars, restaurants, hotels, cafes and homes. It is well maintained and offers a wide range of activities for anyone wanting to visit ...  more »
  • In East London, is part of the area, booming, Docklands. It is a basin (partially closed East) along almost 4 km, with a history of over a century. Starting in 2000 began a recovery in the area. The simultaneous presence of old elements (the grey crane out of everything) and new (futuristic buildings, like the pedestrian bridge connecting the two sides of the pelvis) is the main attraction of the docks. The DLR lets you reach this zone with ease from either side of the basin: North and South. The main building is the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, but you will find several hotels, restaurants and residential units, served by various businesses. From the Docks can be seen the O2 Arena (accessible by cable car from the Emirates) and the skyline of Canary Wharf (accessible via the DLR).
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  • Spacious former docks now acquired quite different appearance, becoming respectable to stay in the area. Port cranes are reminiscent of the past greatness of the British Empire. A nice walk along the water, consider former docks, cranes and rope-way to the O2.
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