A Ramboll Project

Leamouth Footbridge

Historically, the essential function of any bridge is its ability to create linkages. These can connect and enliven disparate areas either within the same development or even different boroughs as with Leamouth Footbridge.

In 2003, Ramboll UK won a major international competition to design a pedestrian and cycle bridge which crosses the River Lea close to the point where it joins the Thames, opposite the Millennium Dome, and is integral to plans for redeveloping the Leamouth Peninsula.

Stephen led the team responsible for developing its design and securing all the necessary approvals from statutory consultees as well as a wide range of stakeholders, locals, and interested parties.

The bridge, which was described as 'iconic' by the judges, is an elegant cable-stayed structure that opens with a unique tilt-and-pivot motion. When the bridge is in normal use it’s needle-like mast provides a recognisable marker within its setting, a complex interplay of roads and pedestrian routes. When fully open to river traffic, the mast rests neatly alongside the ramp linking up to the road allowing for simple maintenance access.

Once the site has been vacated by CrossRail’s team, which has occupied the site for a number of years, the bridge is to be finally built. Upon completion it will, for the first time, allow access to the Canning Town transport interchange and bus and cycle routes on the elevated Lower Lea Crossing whilst opening up a previously underused stretch of river to the area’s growing number of visitors and residents.


Leaside Regeneration Ltd
Lead Consultant

Design Stages
Concept to Tender