LONDON 2144: CALL TO CREATE LONDON SKYLINE OF THE FUTURE
- Tower Bridge opens FREE competition calling public to imagine London’s skyline 125 years into future
- The winner will have the once-in-a-lifetime, money can’t buy opportunity to operate their very own Bridge Lift at Tower Bridge
- The winning design will be exhibited inside Tower Bridge in its 125th anniversary year
- To find out more about the 2144 competition and how to enter visit: http://towerbridge.org.uk/2144competition
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of London’s defining landmark, Tower Bridge, is calling all designers, artists, architects, engineers and enthusiasts to share their vision for London’s skyline 125 years from now.
Entrants are invited to step into the shoes of Bridge architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry, to stand on the riverbank and look westwards towards Tower Bridge and the City and imagine the cityscape of the future.
From soaring skyscrapers through to flying cars, no matter how ambitious, farfetched or downright weird your idea, Tower Bridge is asking the pioneers of tomorrow to help imagine the capital cityscape.
FREE to enter, competition entries must be submitted by 10.00am on Thursday 25 July 2019 in a 2D format and no larger than A3. The winning designs will be selected for display inside Tower Bridge and viewed by its 3,000 daily visitors.
The winner will be announced in August. The top range of prizes include:
- The winning design displayed inside the Bridge
- A chance to take the controls and operate your very own Bridge Lift
- An exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour of the Bridge
- A ride on the Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne, an historic wooden sailing vessel built in 1923
- A selection of special edition Tower Bridge gift items
Chris Earlie, Head of Tower Bridge, said: “As we celebrate the engineering feat of Tower Bridge, we want to encourage the next generation of innovators and visionaries to shape London’s ever-changing landscape. Central to the capital’s iconic skyline, its industries and to its cultural heritage, the Bridge has seen so much change in the City throughout the century and we look forward to seeing what our visitors envision for the next 125 years.“
To find out more about the 2144 competition and how to enter visit: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/125/
For further information, images or interview requests please contact:
Esther Saunders-Deutsch or Kitty Langton at Kallaway PR
T: +44 (0)207 221 7883
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- Tower Bridge was the creation of architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry. It took eight years to complete and was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
- Tower Bridge opening hours: 09:30 - 17:00 (last admission)
- Admission prices for Tower Bridge:
- Adults: £9.80
- Children aged 5-15: £4.20
- Groups of 10 or more adults: £8.30
- Concessions: £6.80
- Family tickets from £15.30
- Under 5s free
- A special community ticket of £1 is now available for residents of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the City
- The nearest underground stations are London Bridge or Tower Hill
- Visit the Glass Floor up on the high-level Walkways, which gives visitors a unique perspective of London 42 metres above the Thames. “Look up on London” – a mirror installed over the West Walkway’s Glass Floor offers visitors a dizzying experience of the city. Guests are able to tread on the glass floor panels whilst traffic passes beneath their feet. It can withstand the weight equivalent to one elephant or two London Black Cabs.
- Download the Family Trail app to explore Tower Bridge like never before with an innovative app and activity packed booklet for 5-10 year olds.
- Offering refreshed collections and bespoke ranges of gifts and souvenirs, the Tower Bridge Gift Shop reopened to the public in November 2016 following a 6-week redevelopment. In 2018 the shop won the Museums + Heritage Award for ‘Best shop with a turnover more than £500k’. Now in its 16th year, the Museums + Heritage Awards recognise projects of excellence, and innovative groundbreaking initiatives from galleries and visitor attractions from across the globe.
- Winner of the 2016 Sandford Award for Heritage Education. This prestigious award recognizes the importance of formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites.
- Tower Bridge is one of only 20 UK attractions to receive the Visit England Gold Attractions Accolade in both 2018 and 2019. The accolade recognises quality visitor experiences on offer and is awarded to attractions that go the extra mile to provide a high quality day out.
- Tower Bridge is recognised as London’s defining landmark and is a proud supporter of the City Bridge Trust, generating over £6m a year, which goes towards helping charitable causes across London.
- The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
- The City Corporation, which owns and manages Tower Bridge, is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year. The City Corporation is also developing Culture Mile between Farringdon and Moorgate – a multi-million-pound investment which will create a new cultural and creative destination for London over the next 10 to 15 years. This includes £110m funding to support the Museum of London’s move to West Smithfield and £4.9m for a detailed business case and next stage development, fundraising, and design work for the proposed Centre for Music.
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