London’s Steel Tower Bridge

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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While visiting London during Olympics 2012 be sure to walk on the steel Tower Bridge.

I just returned from a phenomenal trip through England.  I saw the coast of England, visited different harbor towns and spent time in London itself.  The sites were beautiful, the water was gorgeous, the people were great but one place stood out more than the rest, the London’s Tower Bridge.

The Tower Bridge is not the London Bridge

The need for the Tower Bridge became abundantly clear in the 19th Century.  A significant increase in commercial business occurred in the East End of London requiring a new river crossing but a traditional fixed bridge would not do.  This would cut off the needed access to the port facilities between the London Bridge and the Tower of London.  So the London “Subway Committee” opened up a design competition to the public in order to find the perfect solution.  Over 50 designs were submitted and in October 1844 London’s own architect, Horace Jones and his partner John Wolfe Barry were selected to create the Tower Bridge.

The Tower Bridge took over 11,000 tons of steel to build the framework for the towers and walkways.  Then the framework was covered in granite and stone to shield the underlying steelwork and to provide the Bridge with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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