Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
site phase of the project opened with the draining of the lake for
long-planned remedial work to the banks. In January 2006, work began on
the piled foundations which carry the bridge's steel superstructure.
Meanwhile the various components of the crossing were fabricated. The
bronze fins which form the crossing's balustrades were extruded in the
north of England and the black granite deck treads cut and polished. In
a third location, the sweeping curves of the steel superstructure took
shape - in two continuous sections which were subsequently sliced into
8-metre lengths for transportation.