Weddings and events to get million pound view from Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Walkways, one of London's most iconic events spaces, today unveils a world first for its clients and guests with the opening of a new glass floor.
The glass flooring is being installed in both the East and West Walkways and will each measure 11.5 metres long and 1.8 metres wide. Consisting of six glass panels weighing approximately 530kg each, the new floor will allow guests to view the river crossing for the first time from the Walkways as well as experience a world famous bridge lift during their event from a unique viewpoint 42 metres above the Thames.
The West Walkway is being unveiled today, with the re-opening of the East Walkway set for 1st December. The installation has taken a 20-strong team over six weeks to construct and the original steel lattice structure of the Walkways has been preserved under the glass.
London event caterer, Seasoned, manages and operates all events in the high level Walkways and Colin Sayers, their Managing Partner, comments "Having been Tower Bridge's venue management partner since 2009 we've hosted many exceptional events in the Walkways. We're extremely proud of our partnership with the most famous bridge in the world and the glass floor project is so exciting to be involved with. Tower Bridge is a very special events space and is the only bridge in the world that you can dine on, but the new glass floor adds a completely different dimension to the space and will be a real thrill for clients and guests."
The £1 million project, which has been in development for 2 years, is being funded by the Bridge House Estates and City of London Corporation to significantly enhance the visitor experience to the most famous bridge in the world and is the most significant change to the Walkways since it first opened in 1982 to welcome visitors to the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Christopher Earlie, Business and Marketing Manager said: "The opening of Tower Bridge marked the dawn of a legendary feat of engineering creating what is considered by many as the most famous bridge in the world. Today, 120 years on, we are extremely proud to unveil the new glass floor on the high-level Walkways - another astonishing engineering accomplishment. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to experience a never seen before viewpoint of London - the Thames, road and pedestrian life, all moving at pace 42 metres below. Those lucky enough will be able to witness - from above - the magic of the Bridge raising for a river vessel!"
Tower Bridge Walkways has breath-taking vistas of the Capital and can be hired for cocktail receptions, dinners, weddings, Christmas parties and fashion shows. Events will now be bolstered with the addition of three interactive touch screens showcasing how the Bridge raises in its modern context, whilst the popular Great Bridges of the World exhibition has been refreshed, now featuring 40 of the world's most revered bridges, each of which represents a breath-taking feat of engineering.