05 Jun New Chiswick Park footbridge craned into place
The new 135 m public footbridge connecting Chiswick Park, the business campus home to some of the world’s leading companies, to Chiswick Park Tube Station has reached a new milestone.
The spans have been lifted into position with the bridge expected to open to the public in December 2018.
The bridge will provide direct access to the northern end of the Estate, between Buildings 7 and 8, from Chiswick Park Underground Station and improve the Estate’s connectivity with the restaurants and bars of Chiswick High Road.
The two connecting spans of bridge, weighing approximately 140 tons each, were lifted into place over the railway by a 1,500 ton crawler crane, and were positioned onto the four giant 8 ton V-shaped steel legs. The remaining work includes the building of the third span which is expected to be installed in October. This will be followed by finalising the installation with electricity, lights, landscaping and completion of the bridge entrances between October and December 2018.
“It’s great to see the new bridge coming together. We are pleased that this delicate operation went smoothly, keeping the construction on schedule. Our guests are really excited about the bridge. It will be the latest addition to Chiswick Park and will bring our campus even closer to the local community”, said Matt Coulson, CEO Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work.
Once opened, the footbridge will also ease congestion at Gunnersbury tube station and ease the daily commute of over 9,000 workers on the park as well as local residents and visitors.
The Elizabeth Line is due to launch at Ealing Broadway in December, which will further improve Chiswick Park’s connectivity.
The new footbridge, made of hardwood timber and stainless steel, is intended to complement its surrounding and provide a welcome architectural addition to the park.
Construction work began last year after an agreement was signed between Chiswick Park, the London Borough of Hounslow, the London Borough of Ealing, Network Rail and Transport for London.