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Needle Gun

This video clip from the 27th July 2010 shows a needle gun being used to remove defective coatings from around the rivet joints under the East Walkway. The needle gun uses an electrical current to rotate needles at varying speeds against the metallic surface to slowly chip away the numerous layers of paint and rust. Video by Harris Digital Productions  Read More →

Removing the defective coatings

Work is now well underway on removing the defective coatings from under the East Walkway of Tower Bridge. The defective coatings (rust and paint) are being removed using needle guns. The tool itself uses an electrical current to rotate needles at varying speeds against the metallic surface to slowly chip away at the numerous layers of paint and rust. Watch needle gun video Contractors using a needle... 

Views from the East Walkway

Stunning views from the East Walkway of Tower Bridge showing the River Thames and the North and South Towers. The River Thames is Great Britain’s second longest river and stretches for 215 miles from its source in the Cotswold Hills to the open sea near Southend in Essex. Keep up to date on the restoration and repainting of The Most Famous Bridge by following us on Twitter Please note: Tower... 

Work starts on the East Walkway

Painting contractors start work on the East Walkway of Tower Bridge. External Cross Bracing with defective Top Coat removed. Awaiting final sanding. Steve, removing the defective Top Coat.  Read More →

Inside the cradles under Tower Bridge Walkway

We take our first look inside the cradles, which sit under the East Walkway of Tower Bridge. The temporary access staircase, which is now covered with debris netting Cradle number two and a bundle of straw. Port of London Authority by-laws require a bundle of straw to be suspended from the bridge to alert mariners to the reduced headroom. The two cradles under the East Walkway fitted with blue debris... 

The cradles under the East Walkway

Both cradles have now been assembled and positioned under the East Walkway. Close-up of the second cradle under the East Walkway The two cradles under the East Walkway as seen from London Bridge  Read More →

The first cradle on Tower Bridge

The first cradle arrives by lorry, which is then assembled during the night and the early hours of the morning on Tower Bridge. Abseiler Kevin, attaches steel cables to the clamps under the East Walkway and the first cradle is lifted into position. The cradle arrives by lorry on Tower Bridge The cradle is then assembled on the back of the lorry The team work through the night and the early hours assembling... 

Abseilers on Tower Bridge

During the night time bridge closures, abseiler Carl, positions the clamps for the cradles to the underside of the East Walkway and a second team of abseilers have been checking the pointing and stonework on the South Tower. Abseiler Karl, fitting the clamps for the cradles Abseiler Karl, fitting the clamps under the East Walkway Abseiler checking the pointing on the South Tower Abseilers checking...