Launch of the East Croydon Bridge\

Over a 20 hour period on the 18th November a new 100 metre long, 700-tonne bridge structure was leisurely push-launched across the six platforms of East Croydon train station.

This is the new footbridge designed by Hawkins\Brown and represents the initial phase of a broader masterplan for East Croydon.  The bridge forms a new station entrance and pedestrian link providing much needed congestion relief at one of London’s busiest stations.  It has been designed in collaboration with engineering firm Mott Macdonald and was assembled on a site adjacent to the railway by the contractor BAM Nuttall.

The primary structural element of a double ‘Vierendeel’ truss in a crisp white finish instantly creates a major new landmark and gateway into the area.  The truss forms a spine housing retail kiosks, waiting areas and ticket machines, from which wide cantilevered decks ferry passengers to each of the platforms.

Hawkins\Brown sent a group down to document the launch, during which the main station was fully operational.  The new bridge concourse was officially opened on the 7th January 2013.

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