Albert Bridge restoration

The beautiful Albert Bridge, opened in 1873, is a London landmark, and one of the capital's most attractive bridges. 

A suspension bridge made of cast iron and steel, with timber beams and deck, it was built for horses and carriages. However, after years of heavy traffic use, and around 5.8 million vehicles crossing the bridge every year, and despite a weight limit of 2.5 tonnes, the bridge was deteriorating so fast that we had to carry out major restoration to save it.


Rusty girder

Rusty girders

 

 

Albert Bridge was opened in 1873 and except for Tower Bridge, built in 1894, was the only Thames road bridge in central London never to have been replaced. 

 

It needed major refurbishment and strengthening. The beams were rusty and some of the timber had rotted.

 

What we did to restore the bridge

  • replaced all the rotting deck timber and the carriageway and pavement deck surfaces
  • put in new steel sections to strengthen the structure
  • put in new timbers to strengthen the footway
  • replaced all the lighting with new energy-efficient lighting
  • refurbished the toll booths
  • stripped of all the existing paint - this amounts to removing 12 coats of paint - down to bare metal
  • repaired and treating the metal
  • repainted the bridge with three coats of paint, bringing it back to its original splendour

The renovation works cost around £7.2 million. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea contributed 25 per cent of funding; Transport for London provided 75 per cent of costs.