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IoE Number: 204770
Photographer: Mr Paul Howard LRPS
Date Photographed: 20 August 2000
Date listed: 16 January 1981
Date of last amendment: 16 January 1981
Grade II*

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WATERLOO ROAD SE11. (north end)5023Waterloo Bridge

TQ 3080 LAMBETH WATERLOO BRIDGE 963/1/1129 Waterloo Bridge 16.01.81 II* Road bridge over the River Thames. 1939-1945. Rendel Palmer and Tritton, engineers, with Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as consulting architect. Reinforced concrete with Portland stone cladding; piers of granite. Five pairs of parallel wide segmental arches rest on boat-shaped cutwaters with broached buttresses at the arch springs. The bridge is 24m wide with three spans of 75m between two of 72m. The piers, 35m long and 5m wide, rest on 2m-thick concrete slabs 10.5m below the river bed, protected up to the high-water level by blocks of granite from the old bridge. The piers are of hollow construction with transverse walls to carry the superstructure. This consists of four reinforced concrete beams which are continuous over the two outer spans to provide cantilever arms for the centre section. The projecting quadrant abutments incorporate dog-leg stone stairs down to the Embankment. The bridge parapet has a ribbed band in high relief and steel guard rails. The northern half of the bridge is in Westminster; the southern half in Lambeth. HISTORICAL NOTE: The first bridge crossing the Thames at this point was built by John Rennie for the Strand Bridge Company between 1811 and 1817. Declared unsafe in 1924, it was taken down in 1937. The foundation stone for the second Waterloo Bridge was cut out of a stone from the first. The stone was laid 4th May 1939; bridge opened by Rt Hon Herbert Morrison 10th December 1945. Some of Rennie's work survives- a section of his balustrade and two of his Doric columns are preserved in the southern abutment.

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