Engineering Design Consultants

Leamouth Footbridge

Following the go ahead for the redevelopment of the Leamouth Peninsula in London, Eadon Consulting were approached by Davies Maguire & Whitby to assist with the mechanical design of a pedestrian bridge spanning the River Lea. This link will provide a connecting route between the peninsula and its subsequent development and Canning Town centre. It is also adjacent to both cross rail and DLR stations.  

Beginning work in 2011, Eadon Consulting provided the exemplar mechanical design and the detailed mechanical hydraulic and electrical specifications for integral components of the 3 meter wide, lifting pedestrian and cycle bridge.

The steel structure comprises a single, 82m long, span that is lifted vertically to allow for the passage of tall marine craft. The lift is achieved by a pair of hydraulic cylinders located at each end of the span.  Eadon worked on the design of both the lifting mechanisms as well as the guiding systems which are responsible for holding the raised components in place.  Drawing on previous experience, Eadon engineers supported the development of the concept and operating methodology. The bridge features a tower at each end which houses a lift and plant room for the ram equipment.

The 160 tonne structure was successfully lifted into place over the River Lea by a 1200 tonne crane after the various components of the bridge span, which were delivered to site in 20 -25m long sections, were constructed.Only when the bridge was complete with final handrails, etc, and the hydraulic system fully tested was the bridge then lowered, by hydraulic cylinders, onto its bearings.

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


Key Facts
  • Location:
    London, UK
  • Client:
    Ballymore Properties
  • Working With:
    Davies Maguire & Whitby