The Millennium Bridge

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London's Millenium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian footbridge crossing the Thames to Bankside from a point immediately south of St Paul's Cathedral. Designed by Foster & partners, engineered by Arup and with a span of 325 meters, it is the first new river crossing in London for a hundred years. Of novel and lightweight construction, it was conceived as a "blade of light" . Unfortunately the somewhat flexible construction of a pedestrian suspension bridge was a novelty to most Londoners, who dubbed it the "wobbly bridge" and it was closed to the public for strengthening within days of opening. It reopened, newly dampened and without its infamous wobble, in March 2002. These photos were taken within a few days of its reopening.

Photographic note: Fujilabs insist that there is nothing wrong with these scans. I think they exhibit excessive digital noise in the darker areas. What do you, the viewers, think? Feedback welcome.

   Foster & partners
   Arup's Millennium Bridge page

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This page last updated 22nd October 2002