Rendel has been appointed as a member of the Bouygues Travaux Publics/Cimolai JV as the lead checking engineer for Category III design check. The Garden Bridge is a new 366m long footbridge that will cross the River Thames between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. The bridge will carry an expansive garden, featuring trees, shrubs and plants, together with many paved footpaths and pedestrian areas. Structurally, the bridge consists of a series of radial and circumferential steel trusses originating at the two main river piers. These trusses are enclosed by an upper ‘soil’ deck and a lower copper-nickel soffit shell of complex geometry which will give the bridge an elegant and unique appearance.

Rendel will provide independent checking services, centred with the production of a global 3D model of the bridge in LUSAS. This model will capture the complex geometry and topology of the bridge with the truss members modelled as beam elements, and the soffit modelled with shell elements. The model will also capture the construction sequence of the bridge, which aims to achieve ‘zero’ bending moment at the river piers on completion by using a combination of ballast and prestress.

Construction is scheduled to commence at site in early 2016. The bridge is due to be opened in the summer of 2018.

Source: https://www.gardenbridge.london/about-the-project


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