Millennium Bridge - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the middle of Millennium Bridge. The picture shows a view down the Thames and some of London's famous landmarks with the Tate Modern on one bank and St Paul's Cathedral on the other.
Millennium Bridge - FURTHER INFORMATION
Millennium Bridge - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Millennium Bridge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Panorama from the middle of the Millennium Bridge across the River Thames in London. The bridge links the Tate Modern on the southern side to St Paul's Cathedral on the north. Both the Tate Modern and St. Paul's Cathedral are London landmarks and tourist attractions.
Upriver from the Millennium Bridge is Blackfirars Bridge, seen to the right of the Tate Modern in this picture. In the other direction is Southwark Bridge, behind which you can see the two towers of Tower Bridge. London Bridge, which lies between Southwark Bridge and Tower Bridge, is hidden from view. It is possible to walk along the South Bank from Tower Bridge to Westminster. Millennium Bridge is almost half way along the walk. Just a little further towards Westminster from here is the South Bank, with Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall next to Waterloo Bridge.
Millennium Bridge was the first new bridge to be built across the Thames in London since the construction of Tower Bridge in 1894. The new footbridge opened by the Queen in 2000. 90,000 people crossed the bridge on the first day, generating a noticeable sway which, while well within safety limits, caused the bridge to be closed for alterations as some found the movement alarming. The bridge was promptly nicknamed the Wobbly Bridge and remained closed for 8 months while dampeners were installed below the decks of the bridge and between the piers. Fortunately this solution has not affected the overall design and look of Millennium Bridge which forms an elegant span over the Thames.
For those interested in architecture and engineering facts, the Millennium Bridge is 320m long structure, designed by Sir Norman Foster with sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and the engineers Arup. The concept was to create a 'Ribbon of Steel' or 'Shaft of Light' across the Thames. It is a very shallow suspension bridge with all the cables running underneath the structure, allowing the profile to remain small. You can stand under the Millennium Bridge on the north side and hear the impact of the footfalls being transmitted through the cables. The deck is about 4m wide and supported by 8 cables and is about 11m above the river at high tide. Millennium Bridge cost £18m to build and a further £5m to alter making the total project some £7m over budget. Millennium Bridge is 'Y' shaped, the single entrance to the Bridge from St. Pauls' branches out to two platforms near to the Tate Modern.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Tube: Blackfriars (Circle, District), London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee) St. Paul's (Central), Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo and City).
Train: Blackfriars, London Bridge, Waterloo.