The recommendation, if followed by Wandsworth’s Council, would see the team named preferred bidder for the project and tasked with developing detailed plans for the pedestrian and cyclist crossing.
The full team includes Bystrup, Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff, ÅF Lighting Aecom, COWI Engineering and DP9.
Graham Stirk, senior partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and chair of the competition jury panel, said: “This was an extremely difficult choice between four excellent teams, but ultimately we felt that Bystrup and their partners had the most compelling approach to the challenges posed in our brief. Their strategy is elegant and simple, they aspire to celebrate the river and create a thing of real beauty which is what this bridge should be.
“Their light touch approach to landing points is commendable and the exploration of lighting and textured surfaces to manage movement across the bridge is both interesting and inventive. They see the bridge as a sustainable transport link and piece of new public realm which should be attractive, fun and a pleasure to use.”
Erik Bystrup, speaking on behalf of the team, said: “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to design a new, modern piece of infrastructure for London. From the outset we wanted to design an elegant bridge that provided simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact landings on each bank. We are very excited that this will be the first shared pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London’s river crossings.”
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and member of the jury panel, said: “This team has impressed at every stage of the competition, combining a light and graceful design ideas with an inventive approach to the core transport challenges. We are convinced they have the talent to develop a successful bridge design which would be both a valuable river crossing and a beautiful addition to the Thames.”
A final decision will be made by the council’s executive very soon.
A £26million contribution is already identified from the development of Nine Elms and further funding options will be explored in tandem with developing a detailed design.