Working with engineer Jan Brobowski & Partners, architect scoops new road links in Docklands.
Chris Wilkinson Architects, with structural engineer Jan Brobowski & Partners, has won a limited competition to design three road bridges at London's Canary Wharf.

The team beat US architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill and London architect and bridge designer Yee Associates with engineer Mott MacDonald.

One link comprises a pair of identical opening bascule bridges spanning Belmouth Passage waterway to the east of Canary Wharf tower, replacing a temporary bridge. The 30 m bridges, supported by discs positioned on roller bearings, open upwards as the discs rotate hydraulically.

Lower-level walkways run through the discs, allowing pedestrian access along the quayside, even when the bridges are open.

Another 60 m bascule bridge will span West India Quay to the north-east of Canary Wharf tower, replacing the 15-year-old North Quay access bridge.

It will link the site of the proposed 41-storey Foster and Partners-designed HSBC Holdings headquarters building with North Quay. This bridge opens by using the deck as a counterbalance.

The client for the three bridges is Canary Wharf Contractors; Jan Brobowski & Partners is structural engineer, project manager and planning supervisor; Davis Langdon & Everest is QS and Forward Industries is hydraulic consultant.

Chris Wilkinson Architects has also been shortlisted in a competition to design an £8m, 250 m footbridge with a 200 m span across the Seine in Paris.

The bridge will link the Bibliothèque Nationale with the Parque de Bercy. A lower deck will link the banks 6-8 m below the main bridge.

The other firms in the running are French architects Dominic Perrault, Antoine Grumbach, Marc Mimram and Patrick Berger, and Paris-based US firm Reichen Robert, German architect Dietmar Feichtinger and Japanese architect B2 Bokura-Barbot. A winner will be chosen before the end of February Chris Wilkinson Architects, working with lead consultant Ove Arup International, is also shortlisted to design a 1.5 km bridge in Greece on a new east-west transcontinental highway. A winner will be chosen by the end of January.

  • Architect Zaha Hadid is tipped to win her first UK design commission at the end of this month – a 30 m enclosed footbridge spanning the Holloway Road, linking the University of North London's main campus with adjacent teaching blocks. Hadid is expected to be chosen for the £1.2m scheme ahead of Alsop and Störmer, Ahrends Burton & Koralek and Chris Wilkinson Architects with structural engineer Whitby Bird & Partners at the end of January.