Knight Architects’ pedestrian crossing to ease pressure on busy north-south route across South Dock

Knight Architects’ plans for a new bridge in Canary Wharf, east London, have been given the go ahead by Tower Hamlets council.

The 70m-long footbridge crossing the South Dock will link Marsh Wall on the southern part of the Isle of Dogs financial district with Jubilee Park and Foster & Partners’ Canary Wharf tube station.

It is intended to ease pressure on Wilkinson Eyre’s South Quay footbridge, which is currently the only north-south pedestrian link across the busy central part of the dock.

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The bridge is designed to lift to allow small boats to pass through

Knight’s bridge is split into two sections either side of a single pier, with the northern side designed to lift up to allow small boats to pass underneath.

In the middle of the movable section will be a triangular void directing pedestrians away from an existing emergency staircase serving the adjacent building and allowing “distinctive and memorable” views through the deck when it is raised, the practice said.

Tower Hamlets’ strategic development committee said the scheme was a “high-quality and elegant design, considered appropriate to its contemporary surroundings” and would be a “positive addition to the area and waterfront”.

The project team also includes consultant Arcadis and engineer KGAL.

The bridge is close to another Knight-designed moveable crossing, Water Street bridge, which links Montgomery Square and Jubilee Park to the new Wood Wharf development.