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Barnshaws Bends a Bridge to Modern Design and Functionality

Barnshaws Bends a Bridge to Modern Design and Functionality

In the ever-evolving landscape of infrastructure, the Boord Street footbridge is set to make a significant mark as part of the Silvertown tunnel works in Greenwich. This replacement footbridge by Briton Fabricators, spanning the A102, is not just a functional necessity but a design marvel that promises both aesthetics and quality engineering.

One of the highlights of this project is the use of Rolled Deck Beams, employing nearly 30 Square Hollow Section (SHS) profiles bended by Barnshaws, including 200x200x 8 mm, 250x250x12.5 mm and 400x400x16 mm.

Greg North, Barnshaws Commercial Director explains: “Using cold-formed materials in construction makes better curves than hot-finished ones. This shows a commitment to strong and long-lasting structures, giving clients top-quality components at a fair price. By utilising a special system, bending over 10 tons of box sections in a more efficient way puts Barnshaws ahead of competition. Our technique is much faster and minimises the chance of ripples or crushing that can happen with regular rolling methods.”

The Boord St. Footbridge stands as a replacement for a 1960s bridge, set to connect a proposed Travelodge hotel on Boord Street with Tunnel Avenue. As the A102 undergoes expansion to eight lanes, the bridge's design reflects modern sensibilities with an eye-catching shade of yellow. The removal of mesh on the roof enhances the visual appeal, replacing it with a transparent panel on both sides.

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