City of London Bridges

The City of London Corporation (City Corporation) is the municipal governing body of The City of London, also known as the “Square Mile”. This encompasses the financial district and historical centre of the capital, home to 8,000 residents, 513,000 daily commuters and 10 million annual visitors. Pell Frischmann was appointed to prepare a feasibility study on physical changes to five iconic bridges crossing the River Thames – London Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Tower Bridge, and the Millennium Bridge – with the goal of enhancing public protection measures.

Some of the bridges are historic structures and a unique approach was needed for each bridge due to the varying design, location, age, and use. For those bridges that are grade listed, such as Tower Bridge as a Grade I structure, Listed Building consent will be required.



What we are doing

As national landmarks and structures of cultural significance, it was essential that any impact on aesthetics, views, and ambiance of the surrounding area be considered. The numerous challenges provided an opportunity for Pell Frischmann to demonstrate innovative, agile, and creative thinking.

The responsibilities for safety and security of the bridges, and those that use or pass by, are highly complex and not solely restricted to the City Corporation. This work therefore involved collaboration and communication with a number of important stakeholders, interested parties and local authorities.

On the appointment, Pell Frischmann’s Transport Infrastructure Divisional Director, Dr Sas Majless said:

We are very enthusiastic and excited about this interesting study on five of the most iconic and important bridges across the River Thames, some of great heritage value. Health and safety is at the heart of this project to enhance public safety, an essential element of civil engineering.

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