The operators of London’s Tower Bridge have showcased new glass floors installed across its high-level walkways
The £1million project designed by Purcell has seen the introduction of two sets of glass panels to the walkways, as an additinonal attraction for the Tower Bridge Exhibtion.
The project, which was funded by Bridge House Estates and the City of London Corporation, allows visitors to look down on the River Thames, 42 metres below and watch the bridge opening from a unique vantage point.
Each walkway is 11 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, and made up of six glass panels that each weighs 530 kilogrammes.
Purcell’s design has preserved the walkways’ original steel latice structure, but the new glazing is supported by a carbon steel framework.
Its appointment to the scheme followed the practice’s creation of a conservation-management plan for the grade-I listed bridge, which was officially opened in 1894.
Head of Tower Bridge Christopher Earlie said the new floors were ‘another astonishing engineering accomplishment’ in the bridge’s history.
The bridge was the creation of architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry and took eight years to complete.
Purcell’s project has taken six weeks to install.
The west walkway opened yesterday, while its east counterpart is scheduled to open on 1 December.