Footage of the first of more than 30 bridges for Olympic Park being lifted by 250-tonne crane
Photos and footage of the first permanent bridge being lifted into place in the Olympic Park have been released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today.
The bridge lifted into place is the first of more than 30 bridges to be built in the Olympic Park to create connections across the site.
A 250-tonne crane was used to lift three 55m-long steel beams into place to form the main deck of the bridge.
The bridge is in the north of the Olympic Park, spanning across the River Lea to form an east–west link across the site.
The bridge will initially be used by site vehicles during the construction phase of the project, and then during and after the Games and in legacy it will form part of the main loop road around the Olympic Park.
The installation follows news that the last major bridge contract in the structures, bridges and highways project has now been awarded.
Lagan Construction has been awarded the contract to construct a major footbridge in the centre of the Olympic Park, spanning about 30m over the River Lea at the focal point between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
The footbridge has been designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, with Adams Kara Taylor Engineers, and features a single bridge structure with temporary elements. Construction work will start next year.
ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Simon Wright said: "Lifting the first permanent new bridge into place and awarding the last major bridge construction contract are significant moments and keep us firmly on track as we create the backbone of the Olympic Park and a platform for future development."
Work is also under way on the foundations of other permanent bridges including a bridge in the centre of the Olympic Park that will span over Carpenters Road to create a link for construction traffic between the north and south of the site. The bridge will then become an important part of the central pedestrian concourse through the middle of the Olympic Park in Games time and legacy.
The structures, bridges and highways project is the single biggest construction project the ODA is delivering and will see more than 30 bridges and 20km of roads built in and around the Olympic Park to create new connections across the site.