Visit London Blog » paint Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tower Bridge’s 3-Year Restoration Project Complete Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:30:00 +0000 The newly refurbished Tower Bridge. Photo: Mark Baynes Detail of Tower Bridge paintwork. Photo: Mark Baynes Coat of arms on Tower Bridge. Photo: Mark Baynes Lamppost on Tower Bridge. Photo: Mark Baynes The stonework has all been cleaned. Photo: Mark Baynes Tower Bridge's upper-level detail. Photo: Mark Baynes

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?

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Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011 at London Design Museum Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:34:42 +0000

This amazing installation will be on show from tomorrow at the Design Museum, as part of the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011 exhibition.

The digital wall takes a photo of your face, which then appears when you “throw” virtual paint at the wall. Originally designed for Nokia, the concept could be used anywhere from conferences to schools, according to designers Greyworld.

The Design Museum exhibition features some of the most interesting designs from the past year, including fashion, cars, architecture, furniture and even London’s “Boris bikes“.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year is at the Design Museum from 16 February to 7 August 2011

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