The London Millennium Footbridge is a pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge crossing the River Thames in London, linking Bankside with the City. It is located between Southwark Bridge (downstream) and Blackfriars Railway Bridge (upstream). The bridge is owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. Construction of the bridge began in 1998, with the opening on 10 June 2000.
Londoners nicknamed the bridge the Wobbly Bridge after participants in a special event to open the bridge (a charity walk on behalf of Save the Children) felt an unexpected (and, for some, uncomfortable) swaying motion on the first two days after the bridge opened. The bridge was closed later that day, and after two days of limited access the bridge was closed for almost two years while modifications were made to eliminate the wobble entirely. It was reopened in 2002.
The southern end of the bridge is near Globe Theatre, the Bankside Gallery and Tate Modern, the north end next to the City of London School below St Paul's Cathedral. The bridge alignment is such that a clear view of St Paul's south facade is presented from across the river, framed by the bridge supports.
MILLENNIUM BRIDGE FACTS:
Designed by: Architect Sir Norman Foster with sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and engineers Arup
Opened: 10th June 2000
Closed: 12th June 2000
Reopened: 27th February 2002
Height above river at high tide: 10.8m
Handrail height: 1.2m
Piers: Concrete and steel
Cables: 120mm locked coil
Handrail: Bead blast stainless steel
Construction cost: £18m
Subsequent modifications: £5m
Millennium Bridge, London