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In recent years Eadon Consulting have been involved with several unique and bespoke movable bridge design projects for international clients.

Furthest from our Sheffield base is the Lower Hatea or Te Matau a Pohe rolling bascule (lift) bridge on the north island of New Zealand. This project involved the detailed mechanical, and outline electrical and hydarulic design of one of the world’s first hydraulically operated rolling bascule bridges and also one of the most elegant. Eadon Consulting worked with UK based architects Knight Architects and New Zealand based structural engineers Novare Design. Whilst design work was predominately carried out in the UK we provided onsite assistance during the critical installation and commissioning phases to ensure that the bridge was operating as required. The project has gone on to win numerous international awards. Further information on the project can be found here.

In 2011 severe floods washed away Brisbane’s New Farm River walk – a floating pontoon walkway along the north bank of the Brisbane River. Working with Ove Arup’s Brisbane office, Eadon Consulting developed an outline design for the operating equipment for an opening bridge located at one end of the river walk. The potential for extreme flooding events meant that additional constraints were placed upon the design, subsequently leading to the selection of a swing bridge. Eadon Consulting were involved from initial concept selection and development through to production of the outline design and then reviewing of the contractors detailed design. Further information about this opening bridge can be found here.

A little closer to home several other projects are moving through the design stages. One in particular is in central Copenhagen where Eadon Consulting, working with Buro Happold, Wilkinson Eyre and Niras won a design competition in 2015 for a new pedestrian and cycle crossing of Copenhagen’s Inner Harbour. Copenhagen has many opening bridges due to its low lying nature and its active waterways. The new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be located next to the existing and iconic Langebro road bridge. The new double swing bridge will provide connection between the two misaligned axes of Voldgade and Langebrogade.

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