the rolling bridge


  • [3] A higher-profile water crossing in London also proposed by Heatherwick – the Garden Bridge – attracted significant criticism along similar lines for mainly targeting tourists
    as a novelty, rather than functioning as a practical water crossing.

  • [1] Disadvantages The Rolling Bridge could theoretically allow the passage of boats, but the small basin behind the bridge is not open to canal traffic – it is currently occupied
    by a fountain, and blocked by a steel barrier at surface level to prevent boats entering.

  • [3] The high number of complex moving parts – fourteen hydraulic rams, numerous precision bearings, and an underground machinery chamber to provide the required oil pressure
    – can be seen as an example of overengineering, and has led to maintenance failures where the bridge is unable to move for significant periods of time.

  • One particular version of the rolling bridge type was known as the Guthrie rolling bridge, examples of which may still be seen at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth.

  • The Rolling Bridge is a kinetic sculpture,[2][3] and a unique type of curling moveable bridge, completed in 2004 as part of the Grand Union Canal office and retail development
    project at Paddington Basin, London.

  • [4][5][6] It also has a very long cycle time, taking 2–3 minutes to finish moving in either direction,[3][5][7] which compares unfavourably with traditional hand-operated
    canal footbridges and would cause delays on a waterway with frequent boat traffic.

  • “Rolling” as a name and as a type Traditional use of the term “rolling bridge” dates from at least the Victorian era, and is used to describe a type of retractable drawbridge
    used to span a ditch or moat surrounding a fortification.


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