To mark the 120th birthday of Tower Bridge, The City of London Corporation commissioned a new glass floor for its two high-level walkways to provide a unique view of the bridge lift and enhance the visitor experience.
The original steel lattice structure of the bridge has been conserved under glass panels weighing 530kg each. There are two glass floors comprised of six panels, 11.5m long and 1.8m wide, supported by a 1000kg carbon steel framework.
Glass panels in both walkways have created a light-filled space with information on the bridge for visitors to enjoy, providing an exciting addition to the Grade I listed structure.
Conservation Management Plan
Purcell has an in-depth understanding of the bridge’s significance, having completed the conservation management plan and undertaken a site survey. This informed the design and subsequent planning applications to create the glazed walkways. Six glass floor panels were carefully inserted into the existing structure in the centre of each walkway, giving visitors the opportunity to view the bridge and the lifting process from a brand new perspective.