The more detailed proposals from the four teams who made it through to the second stage the design competition are being shown at an exhibition.
Stage one of the contest attracted 74 entries which were then whittled down to the shortlisted four by a jury panel including Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, Lambeth Councillor Joanne Simpson, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and Pam Alexander, Chair of Cabe at the Design Council. The council is consulting on the updated designs. Feedback will be fed into the final decision making process. The jury panel will begin its assessments in late July with the winning team chosen in the autumn.
The shortlisted teams are:
- Buro Happold Limited (team lead) – with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald
- Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering (team lead) – with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting
- Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (team lead) – with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies
- Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with (team lead) – Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates
Among the key tasks the teams face is the bridge height. It must rise high above the shoreline to give boats headroom to pass beneath – but must provide a means for cyclists and pedestrians to safely navigate the incline and decent.
Other key challenges include minimising the loss of open space and positively enhance the public realm where it lands on either shore – this has been an issue at the Westminster landing site in particular.
The council says a £26million contribution is already identified from the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in further funding.
They believe it is part of the infrastructure package needed to support growth in Nine Elms.