Carpenters Lock brought back to life.
Carpenters Road Lock had been abandoned for over 40 years. The area was improved for the 2012 Olympic Games but the original dilapidated radial gates were simply replaced with stoplogs.
Now Britain’s Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, is realising a vision and restoring the navigability of the lock in Queen Elizabeth ll Olympic Park and, thereby, open up a six kilometre network of revitalised waterways known as the ‘Bow Back Rivers’.
Working with lead engineer Arcadis and the contractor Kier Construction, and following our earlier surveys, KGAL designed two new radial lifting gates (thought to be the only lock in the UK with this kind of mechanism) and associated control gear.
One of the key design considerations was informed by the location; with limited headroom for lifting gear beneath the mirror-clad pedestrian bridge over the lock the new assets were designed for fabrication and assembly in modules, none of which had to exceed 1.5 tonnes.
The pictures show the site as it was in 2002 and the new gate installation underway in June 2017 and, below, two images of the completed project in August .
From an earlier posting you can see our animated 3D model of the radial gate (complete with counterweight and gantry) shows the method of gate operation and how, in the open position, the gate provides clearance for canal boats.