|Name||Chelsea Bridge, London|
|Design||E J Buckton and H J Fereday of Rendel, Palmer & Tritton, London|
|Cables||Wright's Ropes Ltd|
|Latitude||N 51 29' 05"|
|Longitude||W 00 09' 00"|
|Why||Road bridge over Thames|
|Overall type||Suspension Bridge. The designers claimed it as the first self reacting (or self anchoring) suspension bridge in the UK. This means that the horizontal force needed to anchor the cable is transmitted as a compression into the deck of the bridge. Brunel's Royal Albert bridge at Saltash is self reacting though not a conventional suspension bridge.|
|Overall Width||20.7 m.|
|Main span||107.3 m. with side spans of 52.7 m.|
|Materials||Steel. Cables are 37 strands if high tensile strength wires bundled to form a hexagon. Towers are steel boxes sitting on roacker bearings.|
|Foundations||Steel sheet cofferdams|
|References||Buckton E J, Fereday H J, "The Reconstruction of Chelsea Bridge" J Inst Civ Engrs 1937-38, 7, 383-446, 1937-38, 9, 429-46|
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