A few weeks ago I watched the first stage of the pylon being erected on the north side of the Thames, and wandered back this weekend to see the impact the white needle is having on the surrounding areas.

As a clean, white thing, it stands out quite sharply with the older industrial estate and brown/grey roads and railways that punctuate the area.

The big question I have is how long it will stay clean and white, or whether the many metal edges in the double-helix design will start to leak rust down the sides over the next few years.

An alignment of a telephone cable suggests the future cable layout

An alignment of a telephone cable suggests the future cable layout

Two forms of transport

Two forms of transport

Northern Pylon from a DLR station

Northern Pylon from a DLR station

Northern Pylon from Dock Road

Northern Pylon from Dock Road

Cable Car Pylon

Cable Car Pylon and Sun

On the south side, the terminus building is progressing, with the distinctive unit in place on the upper floor to receive the cables. With the red branding from the sponsor being much in evidence, it was possibly coincidence that the giant wheel is also red?

Southern Terminus Building

Southern Terminus Building

Southern Terminus Building

Southern Terminus Building

The beginnings of the South Pylon (and a sculpture)

The beginnings of the South Pylon (and a sculpture)

Tags:
« « Previous Blog Post Next Blog Post » »

Sign up for my free weekly email newsletter

Sample Issue

5 Comments

  1. This is so cool – can’t wait to take a ride on it. Hope it’s open when I’ll be over in May.

    • Last I heard completion won’t be until after the Olympics, so no if it’s this May, possibly yes if it’s May 2013.

  2. Lovely photos ‘Ian’! :-)

  3. Scottrick

    Wow, what an awesome sight! So tall and all by itself. My girlfriend keeps bugging me to take her with me on my next trip to London, so maybe I should push it back a bit to see this in operation.

Trackbacks / Pings

Comments Closed

This article is more than a year old, so comments are now closed. Sorry!

web