The Project

The restoration of Southwark Bridge was recorded by Harris Digital Productions, who also set up this website to show work in progress and updated information about the project.

The £2.5 million cost of the works has been funded by Bridge House Estates, of which the City of London Corporation is the sole trustee.

  • Southwark Bridge has be returned to its original bright colours of green and yellow
  • 13,000 litres of paint was used on Southwark Bridge
  • 26,000 man hours used to complete the Southwark Bridge job over a four – year period
  • £2.5 million to complete Southwark Bridge facelift over three years
  • 1,000 tonnes of expendable abrasive was used to blast Southwark Bridge back to its metal framework before repainting

Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge linking Southwark and the City across the River Thames. It was designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott and opened in 1921.

  • A previous bridge on the site, designed by John Rennie, opened in 1819. This was known as the “Iron Bridge” in comparison to London Bridge, the “Stone Bridge”. It is frequently referenced by Charles Dickens, for example in Little Dorritt and Our Mutual Friend.
  • Below the bridge on the south side are some old steps, which were once used by Thames watermen as a place to moor their boats and wait for customers. Southwark Bridge was built into the steps.
  • The next bridge upstream is the London Millennium Bridge and the next downstream is Cannon Street Railway Bridge.
  • The south end is near the Tate Modern, the Clink Prison Museum and the Financial Times building. The north end is near Cannon Street station.

Harris Digital Productions recorded the restoration of Southwark Bridge and Tower Bridge.