Going With The Flow

Taking a step back to the early stages of the bridge’s construction on 30th December 1973, this archive image shows the construction of the Hessle Pier (foundation of the North Tower).  It was founded on chalk, 8m below ground level, and made as a reinforced concrete slab.  As you can see, it is situated close to the river, and this meant that water constantly flowed into the excavation through fissures in the chalk and had to be pumped out during construction.

(Photograph by Arthur Dennison)