At the turn of the century in 2000, except for the newly built "Millennium Greenhouse" in southeast London and the "Ferris Wheel" in the city center, a dazzling "Silver Belt" was also erected on the water of the Thames River, the Millennium Bridge. Compared with those old and majestic bridges, this young bridge is quickly famous for its simple and bright structure, light and slender shape, and distinctive beauty, and is known as the "swing bridge."
When the £18.2 million pedestrian bridge opened to the public on June 10, 2000, it wobbled significantly and was forced to close three days later. Authorities installed 91 devices similar to car shock absorbers on the 350-meter-long bridge before it could reopen to the public in 2002.
It became the first new bridge in London in over 100 years, the first one in central London to cross the Thames since Tower Bridge opened in 1894, and the first pedestrian bridge in the capital. Let's learn more interesting facts about how big the Millennium Bridge is.
Description of the Millennium Bridge Size
Famous British architect Sir Foster collaborated with sculptor Caro and engineer Owe Allep to design the Millennium Bridge. The bridge links St Paul's Cathedral with the Tate Modern and the Planet Theater, creating a new landscape of London, especially St Paul's Cathedral, free from cars and city noise. The Millennium Bridge is surrounded by attractions, with St Paul's Cathedral in the north and, Shakespeare's Globe theater and the Tate Modern, The Bankside Gallery to the south.
It is a fantastic structure consisting of a cycle path and a pedestrian path. Compared with other huge and dignified concrete or steel piers on the Thames, the Millennium Bridge is only supported by a pair of "Y"-shaped hollow metal piers with 8 steel cables; several light metal beams connects the two steel bars. A metal plate is attached to the beam to form a slender "silver belt bridge," which constitutes its concise and lightweight structure and slender and smooth shape.
The Millennium Bridge Dimensions
The Millennium Bridge is thin in shape; it is made of three main sections of 81 meters (266 feet), 144 meters (472 feet), and 108 meters (354 feet) (north to south), with a total length of 325 meters (1066 feet) and a width of 4 meters (13 feet). The eight suspension cables are tensioned to pull with a force of 2000 tons against the piers set into each bank, which is adequate for supporting a working load of 5,000 people on the bridge at one time.
|Total Length||325 meters (1066 feet)|
|Width||4 meters (13 feet)|
|Longest Span||144 meters (472 feet)|
As a bridge connecting the City of London and Bankside, Millennium Bridge is still a must-see tourist attraction in London today, not to mention one of the famous scenes in the movies "Harry Potter" and "Guardians of the Galaxy." Don't miss the opportunity to walk the long bridge at night and enjoy the great night view of the Thames. The highlight of the structure is the arches that support it, and the bridge is illuminated at night, making it an attractive spectacle.