As part of the government’s drive to improve public transport infrastructure, a new pedestrian bridge linking Chafford Hundred Station directly to Lakeside Shopping Centre has been completed.
Constructed on the axis of the entrance of House of Fraser, the bridge meets the cliff at its east end, where there is a ‘pavilion’ containing a lift and stairs leading to the new subway serving the station.
At its west end the bridge links into the core of a new multi-storey car park.
At the Shopping Centre end, access from the bridge to ground level is via a lift and stairs, from where one can enter House of Fraser directly under a covered way, or reach other entrances to the Centre by crossing the newly created landscaped square.
The 90m long bridge was conceived as an important architectural feature, forming a ‘gateway’ to the Shopping Centre and crossing the roads in a single span.