Londoners are being invited to comment on four alternative proposals for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames between Pimlico and Nine Elms, 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 London (details below). They can also be viewed online at www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk.
The feedback received at the exhibitions and online will be fed into 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 wining team will be named later this year.
The shortlist includes:
· Buro Happold Ltd (lead team) with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald
· Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering (lead team) with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting
· Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (lead team) with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies
· Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (lead team) with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, 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.
This is thought to be the first bridge in the centre of a major world city designed around the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. Bikes and walkers will be travelling in both directions and must be able to get across safely and effectively without coming into conflict.
Find out more at http://www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk/ and view the TfL feasibility study on the Nine Elms on the South Bank website.
23rd & 24th July, 9:30am - 6:00pm:
Hyde Park Room, Regus Building, 8th Floor, 50 Broadway, SW1H 0RG