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Design and construction of Wembley Stadium Station Footbridge

The Wembley Stadium Station Footbridge (Fig 1) is a new pedestrian bridge linking Wembley Hill Road / Wembley Triangle and South Way in London, UK and serves as a crucial conduit for pedestrians visiting the new Wembley Stadium. It spans the Chiltern line suburban railway services between Marylebone, Aylesbury and Birmingham (Fig 2).

Halcrow Group Ltd was appointed by London Borough of Brent and the London Development Agency to undertake project management, design development, and site supervision on the strategically important southern stadium approach. The bridge has two primary functions, firstly to carry pedestrians over the railway and provide access via staircases and lifts to the platforms: this access is provided either side of the bridge one side controlled for use on stadium event days and the other side being part of the station revenue protected area. Secondly, the bridge forms a landmark structure which is easily recognisable, opening up the gateway to the national stadium along the Wembley Route, and serving as an attraction for future development, investment and regeneration.

A number of options for the bridge form were considered. The selected option was judged to have a high visual, aesthetic, landmark and curiosity value and one that would create an identity for the location, fulfilling the requirements to enable regeneration of the area. It was also considered to have the lowest risk when considering programme, construction, cost, security and technical approval.

Billy Ahluwalia, BSc (Hons), CEng, MICE, MIStructE, MASCE, MAPM
Halcrow Group Ltd

Krishna Kumar Ganasalingam, BSc (Hons), CEng, MICE, MIEM(Malaysia), PEng(Malaysia)
Halcrow Group Ltd

David Phillips, BSc, MSc, CEng, FIStructE, FICE
Halcrow Group Ltd

Harold Marais, BEng, MSc, MAPM
London Development Agency



Author(s): Ahluwalia, Billy;Ganasalingam, Krishna Kumar;Phillips, David;Marais, Harold

Keywords: wembley stadium station footbridge, london;footbridges;skew bridges;design;steel;arches;erecting;lighting