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Millenium Bridge

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Foster & Partners
 
location London
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This is the first pedestrian rivercrossing in central London for more than a century. A shallow suspension links Bankside with the City. This winning entry of a competition organized in 1996 was an innovative "blade of light" from Arup, Foster & Partners and Sir Anthony Caro. Unexpected lateral vibration (resonant structural response) caused the bridge to be closed for modifications. The movements were produced by the sheer numbers of pedestrians (90,000 in the first day, with up to 2,000 on the bridge at any one time). Attempts were made to limit the people crossing the bridge: this led to long queues, but dampened neither public enthusiasm, nor the vibrations themselves. The closure only 3 days after opening attracted public criticism. Solved by installing dampers under and between the deck and the river piers; excellent, as it does not impact the aesthetics. Linking the 2 major tourist attractions of St Paul's Cathedral and the fabulous Tate Modern, the bridge is well worth a visit.

 

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Millenium Bridge
Address
Pauls Walk 1
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours 24/7
How to get there? The Millennium Bridge connects two landmarks in London - St Paul's Cathedral (next to St Paul's London Underground station) designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century, and Herzog & de Meuron's Tate Modern gallery. The nearest underground stations are Blackfriars or Mansion House, both on the Circle line and District line. The nearest mainline station is Blackfriars. This is one of those cliché-projects: 'you can't miss it'.
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Completion 6- 2000
ArchitectFoster & Partners
structural engineerARUP
Client City of London
 
Project ID 405
Latitude/Longitude 51°30'35N 00°05'55W
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