Wandsworth launches bridge competition

An international competition to design a new bridge across the River Thames has been launched by Wandsworth Council.

Architects and engineers are being challenged to create an inspiring, innovative design for the new river crossing linking the Nine Elms district with the Pimlico embankment to the north.

The Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge is part of a £1bn infrastructure package for the Nine Elms regeneration area. As well as the bridge there are two new Northern Line tube stops, improvements to rail stations, two riverbus piers and a new network of footpaths, parks and cycle lanes.

A Transport for London feasibility study completed in 2013 found that there is a strong transport case for a new bridge at Nine Elms and it would provide pedestrians and cyclists with an attractive car-free alternative to Chelsea or Vauxhall Bridges.

Around £26million is committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in match funding.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “This bridge has the potential to become an inspiring landmark, heralding the changes that are taking place south of the river and making vital connections to the north shore. The transport case is strong and this will be a valuable and sustainable addition to London’s transport infrastructure.”

The two-stage competition will see four teams chosen to take part in a competitive dialogue process.

The jury panel includes Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and CABE chair Pam Alexander.


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