Mile End, London
Client: London Borough Of Tower Hamlets
Date: Completed 2000
The Green Bridge is invented to overcome the conflict between Mile End Park and the traffic of the Mile End Road. Our idea of joining the two halves of Mile End Park with a piece of landscape is the major gesture in the redevelopment of the park as a whole, highlighting the presence of the park at a major access point and establishing it as a true linear park. It was the key element of the regeneration proposals for the park, which successfully obtained Millennium Commission funding.
The urban context of Mile End Road is also enhanced. The neighbouring fragmented façades are reunited by the establishment of the new retail frontages, which help to contain and revitalise the intensity of a major road intersection previously lost in the under-used open spaces on either side.
The soffit of the bridge has been designed as a curved surface sloping up towards the edges. This is in order to lighten and reduce the impact of the width of the bridge over the space underneath.