The wonderful London Millennium Footbridge

By : Mark V | 30 Jan 2013 8:06 pm | Bridges, Infrastructure

The Millennium Footbridge in London links the Bankside district with the rest of the City by crossing the Thames River. The Bridge is owned by Bridge House Estates, a trust that is overseen by the City of London Corporation and it is located between the Southwark Bridge and the Blackfriars Railway Bridge.

Placed in such a way as to offer a good view of the south part of St Paul’s Cathedral, it also provides access to the famous Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern art gallery.

The designing of the bridge was put to a contest in 1996 and the ones who presented the winning project were the architects from Arup, Foster and Partners together with Sir Anthony Caro. They envisioned the bridge as a “blade of light” across the Thames.

There were some restrictions concerning the height of the whole project and thus the designers used supporting cables below its deck, thus improving the view of the overall design. The total of eight cables provides enough support for five thousand people at the same time, making it quite sturdy and maintaining the wonderful view as panoramic as you can hope for.

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