Helix Bridge, Paddington

Paddington

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2 June 2004 • Looking east beside the eastern end of the Paddington Arm of the Regent’s Canal. The Helix Bridge was completed late 2003, designed by sculptor Marcus Taylor and engineered by the Sheffield-based firm Davy Markham. It spanned the arm of the canal and could be retracted, to allow canal barges to pass through. The mechanism to operate the bridge was mounted under the raised steps on the left which made the bridge to retract by thee spiral and the glass exterior rotating. The walkway inside the glass remained horizontal at all times.

 

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2 June 2004 • Looking into the bridge from the southern end. Construction work for a new office block was in progress behind the hoarding.

 

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1 October 2004 • The mechanism of the Helix Bridge was tested every Friday by activating the mechanism to open it. Mike Swain, one of the site managers, is operating the unlocking mechanism before the opening cycle is started – operated by the man in the high-visibility vest using a remote control.

 

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1 October 2004 • The Helix Bridge seen in its ‘open’ position.

 

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22 October 2003 • View of the Helix Bridge when it had been completed but was awaiting the footpath to be added. Sadly the bridge was not considered to be suitable and it was removed around December 2013. At the time of writing (2016) a temporary bridge is in place and plans are in hand for a new type of lifting bridge to be erected. Sadly, the Helix Bridge is no more.

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