Four possible designs of a new bridge across the river Thames in London have been revealed today by Wandsworth Council.
The new bridge to connect Pimlico and Nine Elms has to tackle several challenges. It has to be high enough to allow large vessels to pass beneath, but not too steep to accommodate pedestrian and cyclist paths.
Wandsworth Council invited designers and architects to submit their proposals earlier this year and received a total of 74 proposals.
The four finalists include teams led by Arup, Partners, Design and Engineering and Buro Happold.
Londoners can now comment on the four alternatives.
“We now have some very exciting and quite spectacular designs on the table,” said Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council. “There is still a long way to go but these teams have given us real hope that a solution can be found to the complex challenges involved in creating a new pedestrian and cycle link across this stretch of the river.”
Govindia said the new bridge will be the first in a major city to be built entirely around the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
The designers were asked to assure the two groups of users won’t be clashing with each other while travelling across the bridge in both directions especially during busy peak times.
The bridge is part of the infrastructure package needed to support growth in Nine Elms on the South Bank. Transport for London supported the construction stating it would improve integration with transport networks on both banks of the river and provide a valuable new route through central London, which is needed to encourage people to use low-emission modes of transport.
The project, which has already secured £26m of funding from Nine Elms, will have to go through the planning system before it can be built.
The individual designs will be presented in exhibitions in Wandsworth and Westminster in the coming days. The winner will be announced later this year.