A competition to design London’s newest foot and cycle bridge, from Nine Elms to Pimlico, attracted 63 entries, and as reported last week, some of them were pretty far-out. Now the judges have dispensed with some of the more novel proposals (waterfalls! multi-bridges!) and shortlisted their four favourite designs. Featuring work from Buro Happold, Bystrup and Ove Arup (twice!), the judges clearly have a predilection for bridges with a twisty bit at each end.
There’s a small problem in the fact that Westminster Council, who control the north bank of the river, are wholeheartedly opposed to the entire endeavour. Councillor Heather Acton wrote to residents saying: ‘Westminster City Council does not support the proposal and our officers have, and continue to express strongly the Council’s opposition to the proposed bridge, on the grounds of its visual and environmental impact including the impact that a new bridge would have at a landing site in Westminster, on traffic flows, pedestrian movement and on residential amenity.’ Also, imagine all them ghastly south Londoners only a three minute stroll away! Oh, the humanity.
However, TfL call it ‘value for money.’ Praise indeed! There are also mutterings around the possibility of the dreaded corporate sponsorship; so we may talk of cycling over the Barclays Bridge, Creme Egg Crossing, or even the Travelsupermarket Transpontine Trail.
More grand designs:
✚ 12 new skyscrapers coming to London (and our nicknames for them)
✚ Architects have designed two buildings that cancel out each others’ shadow
✚ The super-strong copper skin that will cover the Garden Bridge
✚ In pictures: inside the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden