New cyclist and pedestrian bridge designs divide opinion

A competition, run by Wandsworth council, has released the shortlisted designs for London’s Thames crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico to much anticipation.  There are four designs which have made the cut, out of 74 entries, which have been designed by the firms BuroHappold, Bystrup and Arup.

The project is expected to cost in excess of £40m and the pedestrian and cycle bridge will link Pimlico and Nine Elms in south-west London.

The design brief included requirements such as the height of the bridge had to be high enough to allow large boats to pass below, but not too steep for pedestrians and cyclists to climb. It also had to allow for movement by cyclists and pedestrians in both directions at peak times.

As well as providing much need transport infrastructure to pedestrians and cyclists, the new bridge aims to support growth in Nine Elms, which is experiencing a period of regeneration as a result of previously being a neglected industrial area. 

Leader of Wandsworth council, Ravi Govindia 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.”

Some parties are not quite as supportive of the project including Westminster’s Labour and Conservative parties who have opposed the plans due to fears it would destroy an area of nature on the riverside.

The winning bridge design will be named later this year.