Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London
Architect: Moxon Architects
Principal Contractor: Galldris Services Limited
Esperance Bridge Kings Cross
Opened to the public in July 2021 the Esperance Bridge crosses the Regents Canal providing a new link for pedestrians between Kings Cross and the Coal Drops Yard development and beyond. It replaces a bridge built around 1821which was used to transport coal to the Goods Yard.
Named by the Children of the King’s Cross Academy and inspired by the Espérance Club (1895-1914), a pioneering local social project created by two suffragettes, Mary Neal, and Emmeline Pethick Lawrence.
The truss bridge is inspired by the area’s industrial heritage however the Moxon Architects design is more sculptural and makes innovative use of the material elements of the structure.
With its distinctive red colour, the bridge is the second one supplied and installed by SH Structures on the site. Completed in 2017, the Moxon Architects designed Somers Town bridge sits a little further up the canal to the North and has been the winner of a number of awards.