Olympic Park Footbridge L01
Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
London, United Kingdom
Designed to provide a striking structure, this footbridge formed a strategic link for thousands of spectators for the London 2012 Olympics and now forms a gateway to the Borough of Hackney, linking Hackney Marshes playing fields with the new legacy facilities at Eton Manor sports complex. The bridge has an exceptionally slender arch with a dense distribution of steel plate hangers, resulting in a structure with unique hybrid behaviour between a tied arch and Vierendeel truss, and demanding sophisticated analysis in its design.
The judges are impressed by the complex buckling analysis undertaken to realise this structure, requiring the designer to work beyond the provisions of the Standards to which is was designed.