East Walkway Glass Floor Unveiled Today
We are thrilled to unveil today the new glass floor panels across the Bridge's high-level East Walkway.
This follows the highly acclaimed reveal of the new glass floor panels on the West Walkway, last month, on 10 November 2014.
The glass floor - which is the most significant change to the Exhibition since it first opened in 1982 - spans 11m x 1.8m and it invites visitors to see through the glass floor for the Thames, road and pedestrian life, all moving at pace 42 metres below. For those who plan their visit in advance, experience the magic of the bascules being raised beneath their feet!
The floor comprises of six panels, each weighing 530 kilograms, supported by a carbon steel framework weighing approximately 1,000 kilograms. The Walkways' original steel lattice structure has been preserved under the glass. The installation took a 20-strong team to construct over a six-week period.
Christopher Earlie, Business and Marketing Manager commented: “The opening of Tower Bridge marked the dawn of a legendary feat of engineering creating what is considered by many as the most famous bridge in the world. Today, 120 years on, we are extremely proud to unveil the new glass floor on the high-level Walkways – another astonishing engineering accomplishment.
To coincide with the reopening, visitors will also be able to download our new state of the art Augmented Reality App for smart devices. The FREE 'Raise Tower Bridge' app enables visitors to enjoy a full 360-degree panoramic video of the Bridge being raised from inside the Exhibition! As the video begins to play, visitors will be able to find different angles to look through whilst moving around and experience the incredible drop to the water below. Download it here or from the Google Play and iTunes stores.
Visitors can also enjoy the stunning vistas of the Capital from the Walkways whilst marvelling at the popular ‘Great Bridges of the World’ exhibition which has been refreshed and now features 40 of the world’s most revered bridges, each of which represents a breathtaking feat of engineering.
Continuing with the experience, the atmospheric setting of the Victorian Engine Rooms, houses the beautifully maintained steam engines that were once used to power the bridge lifts.
The project has been provided by the City of London Corporation and developed under the auspices of its Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee.