The counterweight broadens towards the back to effectively accommodate the heft needed to raise the deck. The counterweight pivots around the axis at the top side of the column and lifts the bridge deck by means of the raising cable. The column has a central feed-through, at the front, for a hydraulic cylinder that connects to the steel bridge deck.
The principle of motion for the bridge is quite simple. The steel deck is set in motion by the hydraulic cylinder that acts conjointly with the counterweight. The width of the passage under the bridge is fourteen meters. The abutments are completely closed, blocking passage outside these fourteen meters. A service building will also be realized beside the bridge.
Facts & numbers
|Clients||Rijkswaterstaat & Tilburg municipality|
|Scope||Draw bridge across the Wilhelminakanaal|
|Period||2014 - 2015|
|Expertise||Architecture, Project Management, Structural Design|
|Team||Richard van de Brule, Mario Mies|