There are different technological bridges created by famous and talented architecture. But this bridge in London is something unique. It is known as the Rolling Bridge which was designed by the award-winning Heatherwick Studio that usually works with structural engineers. It was installed in August 2004 and covers the distance of 12metre.
The Rolling Bridge spans an inlet of the Grand Union Canal, towards the head of Paddington Basin. These hydraulic ramps are powered by an underground unit. It first appears inconspicuous; a simple steel and timber footbridge that allows access for a boat to be moored in its inlet, however, it slowly curls up until its two ends meet, forming an octagonal sculpture that stands on one side of the canal towpath.
The twelve-metre bridge is made from eight triangular segments, which fold towards each other. The master unit has hidden underground powers hydraulic rams within the bridge parapets, which fold the handrail. This is what enables the bridge to curl.
The Rolling Bridge was constructed at Littlehampton Welding in Sussex, and arrived at Paddington by the canal. Also, it has won a Structural Steel Award and an Emerging Architecture Award. Every Wednesday and Friday at midday, and on Saturdays at 2 pm, the team at Merchant Square delight visitors and people who live and work in Paddington by demonstrating the Rolling Bridge in action.