A new pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Nine Elms on the South Bank with the historic Pimlico embankment is a key component in the Partnership’s transport development plans.
Transport for London (TfL)’s feasibility study has confirmed the bridge is viable and would be a valuable addition to central London’s transport network. The exact location is yet to be confirmed but the preferred options would land close to the site of the new US Embassy.
In December 2014, Wandsworth Council launched an international competition to design a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico. See the dedicated website www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk for full details.
Once a winning design is revealed in autumn 2015 the Partnership will explore a range of funding options which could include sponsorship.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said:
“This competition is calling for architects from across the globe to come forward with exceptional, inspiring designs for a new bridge at the centre of the world’s greatest city. The successful entry will have to win the hearts of Londoners who are tremendously proud of their river and its rich architectural heritage.
“There are considerable challenges and engineering feats to overcome. The design must work alongside the cutting edge architecture emerging on the south bank as well as the elegant frontages on the north. The landing points on both sides must integrate sensitively with their surroundings and provide a smooth and safe experience for the pedestrian and cyclists who use it.
“This bridge is also a badly needed and valuable piece of infrastructure for London. It has a very strong transport case, will support the city’s growth and has significant funding commitments already in place. Developing an inspiring, beautiful design will allow us to take the project to the next stage and ensure this project comes off the page into reality in a much shorter timeframe.”
TfL’s feasibility study suggests the bridge would cost around £40m, providing a car free alternative to Vauxhall or Chelsea Bridges.
A 2-stage design competition is now underway with the winning design due to be announced in autumn 2015.
Any design taken forward would need planning approval from Wandsworth and Westminster Councils, and sign off from the Mayor of London, before being built.
A summary of the feasibility study can be downloaded from here.
Please visit www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk for further information.