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’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.
Wandsworth Council has announced an international competition to design the new bridge will get underway in late 2014.
Once a winning design is revealed in 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 will be a new bridge at the centre of the world’s greatest city so the design standard has to be exceptional. It will be a dream commission for the winning architect but to succeed they will have to meet some very unique challenges and expectations.
“The design will have to inspire and win the hearts of Londoners who are tremendously proud of their river and its heritage. It must work alongside the cutting edge modern architecture of Nine Elms as well as the elegant buildings on the north bank. There will be engineering feats to overcome and the landing points on both sides must integrate sensitively and effectively with their surroundings.
“This bridge has the potential to become a powerful icon for the revival of Nine Elms which will help us bring new life, jobs and homes to this underused part of London. It would also help connect communities north of the river with these new opportunities and create a valuable transport link for our growing city.”
TfL’s feasibility study suggests the bridge would cost around £40m, providing a car free alternative to Vauxhall or Chelsea Bridges.
The design competition will be launched in winter 2014 with the winning design announced in 2015. A programme of public engagement would run alongside the competition.
The final designs would need planning approval from Wandsworth and Westminster Councils, and sign off from the Mayor of London.
A summary of the feasibility study can be downloaded from here.
Architects can register their interest in the design competition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org