Plans to build an inhabited bridge spanning the mouth of the River Lea in east London are being developed by housing association the Peabody Trust.
The structure, designed by architect Cartwright Pickard, could be seven-to-10 storeys high, providing a mixture of living and working units, as well as transport links across the Lea at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Dickon Robinson, Peabody's director of development and technical services, stressed that the project is at an early stage.

Peabody wants to build the bridge using the same prefabrication technology that it employed two years ago at its award-winning Murray Grove social housing scheme in Hackney, north-east London.

The project team is working on more detailed plans following informal discussions with planning authorities at the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, along with other community bodies.

"All of them are happy that we should do some more work on it," Robinson told Building's LiveNews website.