It was a moment in London’s construction history which has always intrigued me. My photos of it were taken in March 2012:
That’s right. Those strange ghost columns were, for a few short months or years (I don’t recall), being used as so many tiny building sites, supporting the construction of the Blackfriars Bridge railway station.
I regret that some more permanent use could have been found for these ghost columns. Maybe some sort of pedestrian bridge? But I suppose these columns are distrusted for anything but the lightest use, such as we observe in the above photos.
If you read this, you will learn that these ghosts used to come in threes, rather than in the twos we observe now. The inner columns became part of the new bridge.
But if those columns were good enough to do that job, why cannot their brethren be made more use of?
It seems a shame. It seems like a missed opportunity.
I think I may have said something like this here before. So be it. It bears repetition.