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After three years of scaffolding, grit blasting and painting, this month London’s Tower Bridge was declared completely restored. In early April, polyethylene wraps were removed to unveil the London icon in its full glory.
This type of major restoration only takes place every 25 years. The current project kicked off in March 2008, cost £4 million and used 22,000 litres of paint forming six layers of primers and top coats. The work was funded by Bridge House Trust, an ancient London trust that maintains all five of the City’s bridges (London, Tower, Southwark, Blackfriars and Millennium Bridge) at no cost to the taxpayer.
Tower Bridge Master Eric Sutherns said: “As Tower Bridge is both a very busy London thoroughfare and a tourist attraction that’s open 363 days of the year, the works had to be phased to have minimum impact on the public which is why it took three years to complete. It’s fantastic to see the Bridge finally divested of all wraps, scaffolding and cradles and standing proud in pristine condition again.”
Have you crossed Tower Bridge since the work was completed? What do you think?