Tower Bridge London, River Thames Architecture, Images, News, Date, Location, Picture
Tower Bridge, London
Bascule and Suspension over River Thames, England, UK: Information + Photos
page updated 2 Jul 2014
Tower Bridge London
Location: just east of city centre
New photos from 12 Nov 2012:
– combined bascule and suspension bridge
– close to the Tower of London from which it takes its name
– has become an iconic symbol of London.
– 244m wide / 61m longest span
– 8.6m clearance
– Grade I listed
Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
Type: bascule and suspension
Photo © Keepclicking – added 10 Sep 2012:
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge’s present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour.
Tower Bridge, central London
Design: Horace Jones
The bridge is 800 feet (244 m) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. The bascules, weighing over 1,000 tons each, are counterbalanced to minimise the force required and allow raising in five minutes.
The two side-spans are suspension bridges, each 270 feet (82 m) long, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge’s upper walkways. The pedestrian walkways are 143 feet (44 m) above the river at high tide.
View from this historic bridge looking west towards GLA building and the emerging Shard on left:
Tower Bridge – Visitors’ Facilities, City of London
Design:Michael Squire Associates
New building to east of GLA Buildings adjacent to this bascule and suspension bridge in Southwark:
pavilions by DSDHA:
New Park adj. Tower Bridge
Gross.Max landscape architects
Tower Bridge building : Visitors’ Facilities architect – Michael Squire
Location:Tower Bridge, London, UK