February 25 2015
Plans to create a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames linking Nine Elms and Pimlico have taken a step forward after Wandsworth Council revealed 74 potential designs for the structure.
Professional teams submitted their ideas for the bridge as part of a design competition run by the council. The rival designs have now been published online and are being showcased to communities at local exhibitions.
Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We challenged the world’s designers to come up with creative solutions to a very complex set of design, engineering and transport challenges. The response is testament to the exceptional talent out there.”
A Transport for London study confirms the bridge has a strong business case. Once constructed it would improve cross-river capacity in the area, plugging a wide gap between the Vauxhall and Chelsea bridges.
Each design proposal is now undergoing a detailed technical assessment and comments from members of the public will be fed into the competition’s jury panel.
In March the panel will recommend a shortlist of up to four teams to go through to the next competitive stage and develop more detailed plans.
Although the designs are currently being displayed on an anonymous basis, the council said entrants included some of the biggest names in the architecture and engineering industries as well as exciting up and coming talents.
“To succeed this bridge must be two things at once. It must be a beautiful piece of architecture and a valuable new transport link,” said Mr Govindia.
Visit www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk/gallery.html to view a full gallery of design submissions.
(Images: Wandsworth Council)
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