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17 bridges.

From Albert to Tower, explore the bridges

One competition.

One river.

Albert

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Grosvenor

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Chelsea

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Vauxhall

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Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Lambeth

Westminster

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Waterloo

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GARDEN (proposed)

Blackfriars

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Blackfriars Railway

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Millennium

Southwark

Cannon Street

London

Tower

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Opened in 1873 and designed by Rowland Mason Ordish, it used the Ordish-Lefeuvre system, a form of cable-stayed bridge. In 1884 Sir Joseph Bazalgette incorporated design elements of a suspension bridge to stabilise the structure, and the Greater London Council added two concrete piers to support the central section of the bridge in 1972. Its many cables are covered with some 4,000 bulbs, so that at night the bridge is bathed in light.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower

Southwark

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Albert Bridge

The current bridge was opened in 1937 and designed by G Topham Forrest and E P Wheeler. It is a self-anchored suspension bridge, the first of its type to be built in Britain. Utilitarian in design, the bridge nevertheless has some decoration, consisting mainly of golden galleons and coats of arms on the lamp stands at the ends of the bridge.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower

Southwark

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Chelsea Bridge

Originally three bridges, dating from 1859 and engineered by Sir John Fowler, 1866 and engineered by Sir Charles Fox, and 1907. The bridges were five arch wrought iron, but were rebuilt in 1967 to designs by Freeman Fox & Partners, with the original piers encased in concrete and the arches replaced with ten steel spans.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower

Southwark

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Grosvenor Railway Bridge

A steel and granite arch bridge, it was designed by Sir Alexander Binnie and opened in 1906. It is decorated by monumental bronze statues designed by Alfred Drury and Frederick Pomeroy, symbolising agriculture, architecture, engineering and pottery on the upstream piers, with science, fine arts, local government and education on the downstream piers.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower

Southwark

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Vauxhall Bridge

Designed by engineer Sir George Humphreys and architects Sir Reginald Blomfield and G Topham Forrest and opened in 1932, Lambeth is a five span steel arch bridge, adorned by decorative obelisks at either end. The colour scheme emphasises red, the colour of the leather benches in the House of Lords, which is nearest the bridge’s northern landing.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

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Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

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Southwark

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Lambeth Bridge

Opened in 1862 and designed by Thomas Page, the bridge is made of cast iron arches with abutments of grey granite and cast iron balustrade. It has Gothic detailing by Charles Barry, architect of the Palace of Westminster, and is painted green in keeping with the leather seats in the House of Commons.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower

Southwark

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Westminster Bridge

The 1864 Hungerford Bridge is a railway bridge designed by Sir John Hawkshaw, flanked by footbridges opened in 2002. Their design, by architects Lifschutz Davidson and engineers WSP, is based on a cable stay with supports linked to the rail bridge. The bridges were named in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

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Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

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Southwark

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Golden Jubilee Footbridges (and Hungerford Bridge)

Completed in 1945 to a design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (better known for designing the red telephone box), the bridge is made of reinforced concrete with Portland stone cladding, with supporting beams on the outside edges shaped to look like arches. As a result of its wartime construction, it was built using
female labour.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower

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Waterloo Bridge

Opened in 1869 by Queen Victoria, the bridge was designed by Joseph Cubitt and consists of five wrought iron arches with abutments and balustrade of grey granite. Said to be the tidal turning point, it is decorated to the east (downstream) with images of seabirds and to the west (upstream) with fresh water birds.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

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Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

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Southwark

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Blackfriars Bridge

Originally two bridges opened in 1864 and 1886, only the piers of the earlier one remain. The surviving bridge was designed by Sir John Wolfe-Barry and Henry Marc Brunel and is made of wrought iron. In 2014, it became the world’s largest solar powered bridge, with 4,400 photovoltaic panels providing up to half the energy for
the bridge’s station.

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Albert

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Chelsea

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Grosvenor

Lambeth

Vauxhall

NINE ELMS
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Blackfriars Railway

Waterloo

Golden Jubilee / Hungerford

Westminster

GARDEN (proposed)

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

London

Millennium

Tower