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Grit Blasting the Bascules

Specialist painting contractors are now grit blasting the Tower Bridge bascules, the ‘see-saw’ elements of the road which are raised for river vessels to pass through. Polythene wraps have been applied to the scaffolding, which prevents particles of paint or dust escaping into the natural environment. During the grit blasting process the particles are captured with special dust extraction... 

Polyethylene wraps on Tower Bridge

Polyethylene wraps have now been applied to the scaffolding which surrounds the Tower Bridge bascules. This special shrinkwrap material is heat boded to form a seamless enclosure around the scaffolding, which will prevent particles of paint or dust escaping into the natural environment. The scaffolding under the bascules and the polyethylene wraps Tower Bridge as seen from outside the Tower of London The... 

Scaffolding the Tower Bridge Bascules

Work is now underway on erecting the scaffolding around the Tower Bridge bascules, the ‘see-saw’ elements of the road. This means that there will be no Bridge Lifts for vessels taking place until the end of March when the work is due to be completed. Images taken: 04/11/2010 The Bascules (looking north) Scaffolding being erected under the North Bascule Scaffolder Erecting the scaffolding... 

The Tower Bridge Bascules

During the night-time bridge closures, the bascules were raised to facilitate the painting of areas inaccessible when the Bridge is in its down position. With this work now completed, scaffolding will be erected around the underside of the bascules from 2 November, this means that there will be no Bridge Lifts for vessels taking place until the end of March when the work is due to be completed.  Read More →

Final touches to the Tower Bridge Walkways

This video shows specialist painting contractors applying the final touches to the West Walkway. The next stage of the restoration focuses on the bascules, the ‘see-saw’ elements of the road which are raised for river vessels to pass through.  Read More →