The design team, led by Denmark’s Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering, is now starting a programme of exploratory works for a the new Nine Elms bridge.
Bystrup, who will work with London Architects Robin Snell and Partners, Engineer COWI, and Consultants AECOM, have been commissioned by Wandsworth Council to design the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge – which will be for pedestrians and cyclists.
The team was selected following an international design competition and the first stage of work will involve examining the feasibility of the different location options for a new bridge along this part of the Thames, which is the longest stretch of riverside in central London without a crossing point.
£26 million in funding has been identified from the development of Nine Elms.
The outline design concept developed by the Design Team could work at each of the different location options identified by TfL’s earlier study.
Lead designer Erik Bystrup said: “Our design concept is based on an elegant bridge that provides simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact on each bank. This will be one of the very first shared pedestrian and cycle bridges over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London’s river crossings.”
Councillor Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “The regeneration of Nine Elms will provide £26million in private funding for this scheme and London’s very serious pollution problem demands that we develop clean and sustainable infrastructure wherever its business case is proved. As a city, we have to show that London is open for business and we have to take every opportunity to encourage the shift towards zero-emission forms of transport. This bridge delivers on both and would be a stunning new addition to the river.”
The design team also includes ÅF Lighting, David Bonnett Associates, and DP9.