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Last edited 17 Oct 2018
Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge
The London Borough of Wandsworth promoted an international, multi-disciplined competition for the design of a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames which will link Nine Elms on the south bank to Pimlico on the north. The proposed budget is £40m, of which some £26m has already been raised.
The public was involved in the selection process and a jury panel established, chaired by Graham Stirk of Rogers, Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP).
The brief requires that design proposals consider:
- Safety both for cyclists and pedestrian traffic.
- Accessibility for all.
- Cost effectiveness in construction and future maintenance.
- A sense of place at both approaches to the bridge.
Stage 1 of the competition asked for two A2 size boards to be submitted by mid-February 2015.
Board 1 was to be a mixture of words, diagrams and sketches showing:
- Integration of cycle and pedestrian traffic provisions.
- Height and spans across the river.
- Location of the landing points.
- Construction methodology to minimise impact on river traffic.
Board 2 was to be a single image without words showing what the bridge will look like from the river or shoreline.
74 schemes were submitted. Have a look at the entries by clicking on the image below.
The four shortlisted schemes invited to take part in the next stage of the competition were:
- Buro Happold Ltd with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald.
- Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting.
- Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies.
- Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates.
Click on the image below to see the shortlisted entries.
 Stage 2
In November 2015, it was announced that the scheme by team 025 had won the competition: Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting.
Erik Bystrup said, "From the outset we wanted to design an elegant bridge that provided simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact landings on each bank... We are very excited that this will be the first shared pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London's river crossings".
In December 2015, The GMB union called on TFL to scrap plans for the bridge, which is expected to cost £40 million, some of which will be publicly funded. GMB pointed out that the proposed location for the bridge is only 350 yards from the existing Vauxhall bridge and suggested that there were more important priorities for public money.
- Pimlico Gardens on the north bank to Bourne Valley Wharf on the south bank.
- Dolphin Square to Prescot Wharf.
- Claverton Street to Kirtling Street.
A location appraisal report exploring the pros and cons of each landing spot was unable to identify a single location that ‘delivers benefits without significant challenges’. It added, ‘the eventual selection will be about balancing the benefits against any harms that may arise.’
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