Thursday, February 11, 2010

Great Britain: Heron Quays Dockland Light Rail Bridge (2)

A closer look at the Heron Quays Dockland Light Rail (DLR) Bridge. I'm standing on another pedestrian pontoon bridge, but I don't think it still exists. At least I don't see it on Google Earth. It must have been removed when they built a shopping center next to the rail station.

This branch of the DLR goes under the beautiful roof of the Canary Wharf DLR Station, under the Thames, and eventually through Greenwich before ending at Lewisham.

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1 comment:

The Happy Pontist said...

The way they've integrated this bridge into the buildings that were constructed around it has resulted in a real dog's dinner (see for example They've hidden the bridge girders above a pale green cradle, with an overly complex strut-and-tie support system sitting incongruously beneath the building structure. None of the constituent elements make any visual sense together, and the cradle is far deeper than it needs to be, with the result that the space underneath is cramped and gloomy.

It's a symptom of a wider problem in the Docklands development that the development corporation wasn't subject to normal planning controls, and often paid minimal attention to design quality or consistency. There are a few excellent structures in the area, which give the same sense of surprise as would finding a diamond in a cow-pat.