Engineering Design Consultants

Great Wharf Road Bridge

The exemplar mechanical, electrical, control and hydraulic design and specification of the Great Wharf/Upper Bank Street bridge was carried out by M G Bennett and Associates Ltd. Whilst employed by Bennetts, Michael Thorogood was responsible for the detailed exemplar design and specification of the mechanical, electrical, control and hydraulic elements and during the construction of the bridge was the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic consultant on behalf of the client - Canary Wharf Contractors.

The Great Wharf road bridge provides one of the key links onto the Canary Wharf estate. It carries four lanes of traffic and two pedestrian walkways over a canal. The structural design was carried out by Gifford & Partners and the architect was Wilkinson Eyre.

The bridge raises by 18m at one end to allow marine craft to pass underneath. The lifting of the bridge is carried out by a single two stage hydraulic ram, one of the biggest in the UK. The ram is powered by three power packs providing enough combined pressure to generate up to 660 tonnes. The bridge is still able to lift, although more slowly, even if only one of the power packs is functioning.

The bridge opens approximately 12 times a year. It takes 555 seconds to be fully raised and can be lowered in 390 seconds.

For more information regarding our moving bridge design services or to discuss your lift bridge requirements, please telephone 0114 399 0400 or email us.

Key Facts
  • Location:
    Canary Wharf, London
  • Client:
    Canary Wharf Contractors