More than a crossing

If just 10 per cent of the bridges in London are suitable for this proposal, there is potential for 30 new public green hubs to be created across London.

The bridge structure would be adaptable for multiple activities and events, including features such as inflatable water slides for use during the summer. 

A canal ampitheatre could be created over Limehouse Cut Canal.

The bridge structure could be adapted to provide walls for 3D projection, temporary big screens and Wi-FI hotspots for entertainment and community use.

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More than a crossing

A network of green hubs over London's waterways

The increasing demand on space in the capital now means it is not enough for a bridge simply to be a crossing. This proposal looks at how bridges can form multiuse hubs and focal points for communities over London's waterways.

The proposal provides an example of how an extension of an existing bridge structure in Camden could create a canal amphitheatre over the Limehouse Cut Canal. This new space would connect the two communities on either side of the canal with each other and with the activity taking place on the water. 

A green wall would create a noise barrier from the road while improving the landscape amenity and providing fruit for urban foraging. Existing structures could be modified to create landmark viewing platforms, suspended community gardens, elevated performance spaces or small urban sports parks. 

The Canal & Rivers Trust states that London has nearly 300 public bridges. If just 10 per cent of these structures were suitable for this proposal, there is potential for 30 new public green hubs to be created across London.

Category

Transport

Location

Tower Hamlets

Limehouse Cut Canal

Submitted by

Leigh Crowhurst

ljcrowhurst@hotmail.com

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