The River Thames

Southwark Bridge
For thousands of years the River Thames has played an important role in the development of England and to this day continues to delight and inspire millions of people. The politician John Elliot Burns (1858-1943) once described the Thames as “Liquid History,” a fitting tribute to a river whose tale stretches back so far. Old Southwark Bridge One of the earliest written accounts regarding the Thames...

The Millennium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge
In 1996 Southwark Council in conjunction with the Financial Times and the Royal Institute of British Architects organized a competition for the design of a new bridge across the Thames. The event was won by the dazzling “blade of light” design envisioned by Arup (engineers), Foster and Partners (architects) and Sir Anthony Caro (sculptor), and just four years later on June 10th 2000 the Millennium...

Sir William Arrol & Co.

Tower Bridge works in 1892
Tower Bridge works in 1892 Sir William Arrol & Co was a highly acclaimed civil engineering business established in the 1870`s. The company were responsible for building a number of bridges throughout the country, notably the Tay Rail Bridge, the Forth Rail Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Tower Bridge. The original Tay Bridge had of course collapsed just 18 months after it was opened in 1878, killing...