Saturday 11 April 2009 10.28am
Memo to Network Rail:
Just because the bridge gets an "honourable mention" in Pevsner's Buildings of England
Cherry & Pevner, London 2: South wrote:
and was identified as a "positive landmark feature" in the supplementaty planning guidance
for "Enterprise Quarter"* it doesn't automatically follow that is should be given a multi-coloured "heritage" paint job!!!
(* the area formerly known as the South Bank Polytechnic campus)
In some misguidedly literal approach to showing the history of the eastern half of the bridge, they are painting the 1864 bits a dark "Victorian" green, and the strengthening trusses (c.1910?) in a light green "eau-de-nil". That would be OK - but the later work also included some blocks of plate steel riveted to the earlier structure, and they have painted these light green as well. It may be a fine visual lesson in engineering logic but it now looks ugly as sin.
However, on the arched truss western bridge, they haven't followed the engineering and seem to have arbitarily decided to just paint the girders inside the "arch" facing Borough Road
in light green, while the equivalent girders on the inside arches are all dark green, making a real visual mess as you can see the darker colours behind it.
They should either have been bold (i.e. painted the whole thing a zinging eye-catching bright orange or Yves Klein blue) or painted the whole bridge in a neutral colour that could be easily matched each time graffiti on the eastern bridge needs to be painted out.
[LR lights the blue touch paper and retires a safe distance - will this thread be as contentious as the colour scheme for the Floral Hall portico at Borough Market