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In pictures: The Garden Bridge’s super-strong copper-nickel skin

Posted at 5:00 pm, February 18, 2015 in News, Outdoor London, Transport

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London’s Garden Bridge is getting superhero skin that will ensure it survives for a whopping 120 years without needing maintenance.

If all goes to plan, this floral river crossing will be up and blooming by 2018. If the artist’s impressions are anything to go by, it’ll be an earthy brown colour and don a copper-nickel alloy coating from bottom to base.

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But why copper-nickel? Because it’s rust-proof and will protect the structure from the river, environmental damage and corrosion. Oh, and also because it looks rather swanky against the greenery.

garden bridge artists impression Artist’s impression

It’s pretty innovative too; before this the material has only been used on ocean vessels and in oil platforms. The staggering 240 tonnes of the stuff needed to coat the bridge was integral to Thomas Heatherwick’s design and has been donated by multinational mining company Glencore.

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