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Linking In Riverside South

Riverside South is now under construction but this was never part of the original Canary Wharf estate so a planning application has been filed to make it easier to slot the scheme in with what already exists.

Spanning Westferry Road that predates the construction of Canary Wharf, the proposals come from the same architects as Riverside South, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners who have designed it to not only span the road, but also provide direct access to Riverside South from Canary Wharf's underground and DLR stations.

The 45 metre long structure of the bridge is supported by stainless steel covered Y-beams that connect to the deck on the underside of it hold it above the road. Standing over the passing pedestrians like the rib cage of whale will be shallow stainless steel arches with glazing in between allowing panoramic views to and from Canary Wharf.

One of the problems of any enclosed bridge is that it can get stuffy, even if both ends are open to the elements as they are here. To get around this issue it will be naturally ventilated thanks to the intelligently controlled vents.

The upper ones located on the ceiling of the bridge will exist to expel hot air whilst the ones at ground levels are designed to take in cold air - an arrangement that should permit a more natural circulation of air.

This isn't a cheap bridge either. Adding some life to it will be rows of plants lining the edge of the pedestrian walkway that will be covered in natural stone giving it a quality finish lacking in other bridges which connect Canary Wharf to the areas outside it.
The interior of the bridge over Westferry Road
The interior of the bridge over Westferry Road
The bridge connects with Riverside South
The bridge connects with Riverside South