Rolling bridge is special
The Rolling Bridge is the bridge Studio Heatherwick with a hydraulic system that opens and closes the bridges that are fitted to the ledge. The Rolling Bridge was commissioned in 2004 and needed to be the bridge that will allow crossings for local workers and residents but crucially also could move out of the way entirely to allow the ship to be docked at the inlet. On Friday there were two staff members from Paddington Waterside Partnership takes the controls to operate the bridge. Sometimes they have their own little audience and sometimes they don’t, but they always come. A beautiful thing to watch as it appears so graciously to something that is very functional. The Rolling Bridge can be stopped at any point of the ‘ curl ‘ but generally there is no need and the operator will open the stop it when full open or full closed.
When the Rolling Bridge is fully open, and in the inlet, the people are allowed to walk on so round run and try it out. This is very stable to a temporary structure. After it has been used for a few minutes, and no one is trying to get across. The goal Rolling Bridge is to make an outstanding aspect of the movement of the bridge. General approaches to the bridge opening of the design are to have single rigid element broken bones and lifted out of the way. Rolling Bridge open with slowly and smoothly until the circular change from a conventional bridge, straight, circular sculpture became that sits on the banks of the Canal. The open structure using a series of hydraulic rams is integrated to the ledge. Like curls, each of the eight segments simultaneously raised, causing it to roll up to touch the tip of the two and form a circle. The bridge can be stopped at any point along its journey. The entire structure was built in Littlehampton Welding on the coast of Sussex and then floated to the Grand Union Canal, before being appointed to the position and attached to a hydraulic system that powers his movement. Rolling bridge won a number of awards including the award of structural steel, and the Emerging Architecture Award.