Bridging the future, the Rotherhithe Pedestrian crossing


Length (Openable span) 184m (2½ x jumbo jet)
Height 74m closed, 98m open (above water)
Weight (Openable span steel) 1200 tons (4 x weight of jumbo jet)
Deck Width 2 x 5m decks
Closed Height 20m (above high water)
Estimated Construction Cost £88m
Work Done opening 350MJ
Cost per lift £9 (2015 prices)
Open/close time 4 minutes

WISE16 supports this project. A connection between the Rotherhithe peninsula and Canary Wharf has been on the table for long time and we welcome this initiative by reForm.

This is not a vanity project, quite the opposite. The benefits will be important to local communities increasing cycling options, new pedestrianised routes, more visits to the borough and  it will alleviate the pressure on the Canada Water underground station as many users might choose to walk though via the bridge.

The concern that it will increase the gentrification process is something that is questionable since that process will happen one way or another.

We strongly recommend to visit the official website for the Rotherhithe Bridge


Reform Architects

reForm Architects’ international team combines experience, commitment and innovation to offer a diverse range of clients a highly professional design led service.
Nik Randall of reForm Architects

“The Thames is one of the world’s great rivers, and London is one of the world’s great cities. Any new bridge across the Thames must respond to the significance of its setting, and add to its culture and heritage.

Nik Randall of reForm Architects

Nik Randall of reForm Architects

Our design will do this, creating an internationally recognisable landmark. Its unique and elegant form and operation will become an attraction for visitors. It will enhance the views along and across the Thames, providing scale and interest in the way that the ships on the river itself do.”

Nik Randall of reForm Architects








Over the last 20 years Elliott Wood has developed a reputation for delivering high quality, award winning, structural and civil engineering solutions. Creativity and innovation are at the core of our approach.
Gary Elliott of Elliott Wood Engineers

Gary Elliott of Elliott Wood Engineers

Gary Elliott of Elliott Wood Engineers

“This is a hugely complex engineering challenge that we are delighted to be involved with. This bridge is fitting for such a significant location and would deliver tremendous benefits for Londoners. Not only in improving connectivity between the currently underserved area of Rotherhithe and the north bank of the river, but by offering pedestrians and cyclists a dedicated crossing that is safe and enjoyable to use.”

Gary Elliott of Elliott Wood Engineers






Arup Cost Management have worked within the team to develop a robust cost model based on established market data.


Sustrans led the feasibility study and commissioned the reForm / Elliott Wood team to deliver the design work in support of the study.


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