The plan comes shortly after the Heatherwick Studio-designed Garden Bridge, which will span the Thames further east, was approved by Westminster Council. It is expected to open in 2018.
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.
An international competition has been launched for architects and engineers to work on the project. Wandsworth Council says the competition will include public exhibitions and engagement with local communities on both sides of the river.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, says: “This bridge has the potential to become an inspiring landmark, heralding the changes that are taking place south of the river and making vital connections to the north shore.
“This bridge needs to be designed to the highest quality standards; it must be inspiring, elegant and functional. The conundrum of creating a bridge that can be readily used by cyclists and pedestrians alike, that also provides adequate headroom for river traffic, is at the heart of the challenge. “
To find out more about the project and how to enter visit www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk.