Merchant Square Bridge, Paddington, London

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Merchant Square Footbridge, Paddington, London, W2 1AJ

Merchant Square is one of the most current and prestigious new build complexes in London. It is made up of residential, commercial and retail property built around the very end of the Grand Union Canal.


In order for residents, workers and tourist to be able to cross the canal a unique concept of bridge was designed to give the appearance of an open Japanese hand fan. For most of the week the bridge is in its lowered position but each Friday lunchtime it is raised to create an impressive sculpture that we are very proud to be a part of.


The bridge itself is built from 5 individual leaves which are each raised hydraulically at different speeds and to different heights to give the bridge its unique fan effect, each section ending its travel simultaneously with its adjacent leaf. Working closely with our client and the main electrical contractor Pennine Controls Ltd, we were responsible for all the hydraulics equipment used to raise and lower the bridge.


Our involvement in the project commenced during the design phase of the bridge, our brief being to design the hydraulic system, design and manufacture the hydraulic equipment and carry out the site installation and commissioning.


The equipment we supplied includes five TSL Series T6B hydraulic cylinders each capable of lifting in excess of 50 tonnes, and a twin pump hydraulic power pack to raise all five bridge leaves simultaneously. The power pack is linked to each cylinder by our own designed and custom built proportionally controlled manifold system to give us the required variable speed for each leaf section as it is raised and lowered. In addition to the hydraulic equipment we also manufactured the heavy duty cylinder and bridge pivot assemblies together with the mounting plates to which the bridge pivots are attached.

Below is the original concept video (Click to play)

Below is a timelapse video of the completed bridge (Click to play)

 

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