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A new footbridge docked beneath Chelsea Bridge on the River Thames in London this week to enable pedestrians to continue along the riverside footpath without having to dice with the traffic on the bridge above. The 45m long curved steel box girder bridge was designed by Whitbybird for client Berkeley Homes as part of the Chelsea Bridge Wharf development, and will ease pedestrian and cyclist access to the nearby Battersea Park.

The 4m wide deck is anchored to pile caps in the river wall and overhangs the river by 10m, supported by two steel props. The £600,000, 80t structure was constructed off-site by contractor Littlehampton Welding and transported by road in four sections to King George V Dock in North Woolwich. The bridge was then assembled and floated down the Thames before being lifted into position in one piece on Monday.

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