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Thames footbridge designs shortlisted

22 Jul 15 Shortlisted proposals for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames in London between Pimlico and Nine Elms have been unveiled as part of a design competition run by Wandsworth Council.

The bridge will connect Pimlico on the north side of the Thames with Nine Elms on the south side
The bridge will connect Pimlico on the north side of the Thames with Nine Elms on the south side

A £26m contribution for construction of the bridge is already identified from the development of Nine Elms and the new winning design would be used to lever-in further funding.

Londoners are being invited to comment on the four alternative proposals, each of which is being developed by a team of internationally renowned architects and engineers.

The four competing teams were shortlisted earlier this year from among 74 initial competition entries.

Since then the design ideas have been developed further and will be on display at exhibitions in Wandsworth and Westminster in the coming days (details below).  They can also be viewed in more detail on the project website.

The wining team will be named later this year by the competition’s jury panel which includes Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, Lambeth Councillor Joanne Simpson, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and  Chair of  Cabe at the Design Council Pam Alexander.

The shortlist includes:

Buro Happold with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner &Theobald

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Ove Arup & Partners with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies

Ove Arup & Partners with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We now have some very exciting and quite spectacular designs on the table. 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.”

Among the most difficult puzzles for the design teams to overcome is the bridge height which has to rise high above the banks so large vessels can pass beneath. This has to be done without creating too steep a slope for cyclists and pedestrians.

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