Plans for a bridge that unfurls like a Japanese fan over the Grand Union Canal at Paddington have just been approved by Westminster City Council’s planning department. Designed by bridge specialists Knight Architects, the three-metre-wide cantilevered moving structure will span 20 metres across the canal at Merchant Square, and is raised using hydraulic jacks with an action similar to a traditional Japanese hand fan.
The bridge is made of five steel beams which open in sequence, with the first rising to an angle of 80 degrees; the four subsequent beams then rise at lower increments. It will be completed by the end of 2014, and if you want to see it in action, it will be opened at noon every Friday. The structure joins a nearby rolling bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick (the Olympic cauldron man) which curls up when opened (also at noon every Friday). Rebecca Taylor