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E. W. Cruttwell, ! rows of piles surrounding each pier, about 13Jft. , who has acted as Resident Engineer throughout the inner row being driven some 6ft. from the caissons, so the construction of the Tower Bridge, read a paper that it might be clear of the toe of the undercut portion on the " Pier Foundations" before the Institution of of the foundations. The piles were spaced about 15ft. Civil Engineers, and the following account of this apart, and driven from 15ft. to 20ft. beneath the bed of portion of the work has been obtained almost entirely the river, and were connected together both longitudinally from that source, the writer of the present description and transversely by walings and other timber bracing.
The centre span would be bridged by two hinged platforms constructed of steel for lightness. Each of these platforms would be suspended by eight pitched chains passing over polygonal barrels, fixed in the semicircular arches between the towers, to the hoisting machinery placed on the piers. Balance weights would be attached to the ends of the chains within the towers. The hoisting machinery could be worked by steam power, or by hydraulic apparatus supplied by tanks fixed in the roofs over the towers.
The aggregate would take four years to build, and that its cost would amount of compensation in respect of all interests in any be :—The bridge itself, £544,850; the northern approach, such premises shall not exceed two years purchase of £19,250; southern approach, £20,900; which, with 10 the assessable value in force on the 1st of January, 1886; per cent, for contingencies added, would be £585,000. and such aggregate amount shall be in full satisfaction To this sum must be added £165,000, the value of the of all compensation payable to all parties interested in land required, and this brings the total cost to £750,000.