Designs shortlisted in new bridge for London competition

Four designs have been shortlisted in an international competition to create a new pedestrian bridge over the River Thames in London.

Ove Arup & Partners with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates
Ove Arup & Partners with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates

Four designs have been shortlisted in the competition to design a new pedestrian bridge over the River Thames between Nine Elms and Pimlico in London.

The Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge is planned by Wandsworth Council as a pedestrian and cycling bridge and is part of the £1 billion to transform the Nine Elms “regeneration area”.

So far £26 million has been earmarked for the bridge, and Wandsworth says it is seeking further funding.

The four shortlisted designs were chosen from 74 entries from around the world in the competition organised by Wandsworth Council.

The four shortlisted teams are:

• Buro Happold 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 with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies; and
• Ove Arup & Partners with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates.

The shorlist was selected by a jury which included Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, Lambeth councillor Joanne Simpson, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and chair of Cabe at Design Council Pam Alexander.

The jury says it considered feedback from more than 1,000 people who responded to the stage one public exhibitions, as well as detailed technical assessments for each proposal.

The next stage of the competition will see the shortlisted teams develop their initial ideas into detailed designs and Wandsworth Council expects to announce the winning team in late autumn this year. Any new bridge would require planning permission before it could be built.

Buro Happold with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald
Buro Happold 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
Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting
Ove Arup & Partners  with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies
Ove Arup & Partners with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies

You can see a selection of the longlisted designs here.

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