Transport for London has gone out to public consultation on plans for new pedestrian bridge across the river Thames that would be planted with trees and flowers.
The so-called Garden Bridge would across the Thames at Temple tube station, between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Public consultation on the plans runs until 20 December 2013.
The results of the consultation will inform the plans for the project prior to submission of a planning application in the first quarter of 2014.
The bridge has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, who also designed the London Olympics cauldron, in conjunction with the actress Joanna Lumley.
Arup is the lead consultant on the project, covering all the key engineering aspects of the Garden Bridge, as well as environmental consultancy, transport planning, landscape design support and project management services.
Lord Mervyn Davies, chairman of The Garden Bridge Trust, said: “This is the first major milestone for the project and marks a very clear intent to create a new landmark for London. The scheme has been shaped and developed into a proposal that will contribute significantly to the future of London’s development and we are committed to ensuring The Garden Bridge will be something that London can be proud of. Our role is to take this project forward and to raise the necessary funds to build the bridge by the end of 2017.”
Arup project director Tristram Carfrae said: “The idea is simple; we’re trying to create a bridge that looks beautiful, is durable, is efficient to construct and will support a garden spanning the River Thames. This is not an easy feat and we’re working closely with Heatherwick Studio to ensure that the design and engineering work seamlessly together to create an ingenious result.”
It is estimated that construction of the Bridge could begin in 2015, with its completion scheduled for the end of 2017.