Elegant suspension bridge could be London’s first pedestrian and cycle bridge
From Kew Bridge to Tower Bridge there are just 24 bridges spanning the Thames in London.
And it’s not good enough. There is a mile stretch with no bridge at all between the north bank end of Vauxhall Bridge and the north bank of Chelsea Bridge.
But this travesty is being addressed with the building of a brand new £43m bridge that will link Pimlico on the north bank, to the hinterland that lies between Vauxhall and Battersea on the south.
The bridge was the subject of an open competition, and there were 74 designs for the panel of experts to choose from. You can take a look at some of the other contenders here.
But they have now made their selection, and by golly it looks as though they made the right choice.
The new bridge will serve pedestrians and cyclists, and features an elegant suspension design with curly-wurly ramps at each end that cyclists will no doubt enjoy swooping round as they glide over the river.
Wandsworth Council is still yet to approve the design, but according to the Evening Standard a source said he would be “aghast” if the designs weren’t approved.
Indeed, Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and who is a member of the jury panel said that the design team “impressed at every stage of the competition”.
The bridge could carry as many as 18,000 cyclists and pedestrians a day, it is estimated, and would be the Thames’ first bridge that is open to cyclists but not cars.
Erik Bystrup, head of the winning firm Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering, said: “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to design a new, modern piece of infrastructure for London.
“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.”
A final decision will be made on November 30.
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