Dukes Meadows is one of the largest open spaces in London and attracts over one million visits per year. As part of the Dukes Meadows masterplan, a much needed bridge was required which would allow pedestrians to walk under the Barnes Bridge rather than having a lengthy diversion around the railway line to continue their way along the famous Thames Path. The enhanced route improves accessibility and safety for pushchairs, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, and improves pedestrian flow for residents and visitors. The main contractor on the project was Knights Brown.
According to its designers, Moxon Architects, the bridge is one of the lowest carbon and most environmentally conscious bridges in the UK, partly due to the use of hollow fabricated sections rather than the original planned use of solid steel.
The bridge was brought in to position in sections, either by road, or via river by Red7Marine floating the spans in at high tide and then allowing them to seat themselves on the foundations as the tide receded, using two hydraulic jack legs. This negated the need to require a rail line possession which would have resulted in significant disruption to the 2 million passengers that use the associated railway every year.View Case Study