London Architecture

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge Road
London, England SE1
Basic Information
Designed by Sir Horace Jones
Cost £1,184,000
Type Bridge
Maximum length 801 feet/240 meters
Neighborhood: The City
More Information
  • Closed span clearance: 28 feet.
  • Open span clearance: 139 feet.
  • This bridge was almost never built. The committee in charge of the river crossing project considered building a tunnel instead.
  • Designed by: Sir Horace Jones.
  • Design engineer: Sir John Wolfe Barry
  • Construction engineer: E W Crutwell
  • Foundation contractor: Sir John Jackson
  • Hydraulics contractor: Baron Armstrong
  • General contractor: William Webster
  • General contractor: Sir H.H. Bartlett
  • General contractor: Sir William Arrol & Company
  • The bridge was originally a green-blue color. It was painted red, white, and blue in 1977 for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.
  • This bridge replaced a pedestrian tunnel under the Thames that closed in 1898.
  • The central bascules can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees.
  • Each bascule weighs over 1,000 tons.
  • 1887: The bridge's original architect, Sir Horace Jones, died and was replaced by George D. Stevenson to complete the project.
  • June 30, 1894: This bridge opened to the public.