Crossing the Thames at Taplow

The Challenges of a Slender Arch Footbridge
  • Ian FirthEmail author
  • Clare TaylorEmail author
  • Richard JenkinsEmail author
  • Musa ChungeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Structural Integrity book series (STIN, volume 11)


This paper outlines the design, analysis and construction of Taplow Footbridge. The paper considers the challenges faced when designing the distinctive slender arch and deck, and how they were overcome. This paper considers the challenges posed by the constrained site and details how most works were achieved from a floating pontoon on a flowing river. The bridge steelwork was moved into position in a single operation from a floating pontoon. This paper also considers the implications on the design of using flat plate hangers, as well as a discussion on the appropriateness of Eurocode rules for dynamic behavior of slender structures.


Pedestrian bridge Slender arch Dynamic response Pedestrian dynamics Off-site construction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.COWILondonUK

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