The construction contract for one of the key footbridges in the centre of the Olympic Park was put out to tender by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today, giving construction companies the chance to build the winning footbridge designs unveiled last month.The contract is the latest package to go out to tender in the ODA’s Structures, Bridges and Highways programme and covers the construction of the Central Park footbridge in the south of the Olympic Park on the central pedestrian concourse. The bridge will span approximately 30m over the River Lea at a focal point between the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Basketball Arena.
The design of the footbridge was put out to competition in May and last month Irish based firm Heneghan Peng Architects with Adams Kara Taylor architects were announced as the design competition winners. Heneghan Peng’s concept designs outlined a single bridge structure in Games time that is transformed in legacy to leave two footbridges linked by a central blade-like walkway offering views over the river, and links between the river tow paths and the upper concourse in the Olympic Park.
Based on Heneghan Peng’s designs, the scope of the contract put out to tender includes the construction of two permanent footbridges connected by a permanent diagonal footbridge spanning over Carpenters Lock. The contract scope also includes the construction of temporary sections between the two permanent footbridges to provide a single bridge structure able to accommodate Games time spectators.
During the Games the bridge will have a total width of around 60 metres to accommodate increased spectator numbers. After the Games temporary sections of bridge will be removed leaving two narrower bridges that span either side of Carpenters Lock, a unique 1930’s historic structure on the River Lea Waterway.