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Hungerford Footbridge


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The Hungerford Bridge also known as Charing Cross Bridge lies between Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge. It is a steel truss railway bridge crossing the Thames. At each side of the bridge are cable-stayed pedestrian bridges that share the railway bridge's foundation piers, and are known as the Golden Jubilee Bridges or the Hungerford Footbridges. At the south end of the bridge is Waterloo Station and the London Eye at the north end Charing Cross railway station and the Victoria Embankment. The wroght iron railway bridge was designed by Sir John Hawkshaw, but retained the original brick butresses from an earlier bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There have been various walkways added and removed over time. Architects Lifschutz Davidson and the WSP Group engineers designed the current 4m wide footbridges that were completed in 2002. The design of the bridges is complex. The entire structure is held in place by exploiting tensions between the pylons and the various stay rods and struts. The new bridges have won several awards includging the Specialist category in the Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Award for 2003. Picture taken 16th December 2006.

29th Dec 2006 by Diane Earl

Geography, History, Science

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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