Bridge designs to be shown

A_new_bridge_to_link_Nine_Elms_with_PimlicoExhibitions will take place in Pimlico and Nine Elms to showcase rival design ideas for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames.

An international competition is now underway to design a new crossing on this stretch of the river and the events will reveal the first stage submissions from up to 80 different professional teams.

Each design will be displayed on an anonymous basis to comply with EU competitive procurement rules. The designs will also be published on the competition website.

Later in 2015 the competition’s jury panel will recommend a shortlist of up to four teams to go through to the next competitive stage. This will see their outline deigns developed into a more detailed proposal.

Jury panel members include Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley, CABE chair Pam Alexander and Lambeth Council’s Joanne Simpson.

Ravi Govindia said: “We have set the bar very high indeed and posed some extremely complex engineering and architectural challenges. There are up to 80 highly skilled design teams working on this brief and it will be fascinating to see their ideas.”

A TfL transport study confirms the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge has a strong business case and the forecast daily usage is 18,000 journeys, split evenly between those on bike and those on foot.

£26million is already committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in further funding. The scheme has the support of the Mayor of London.

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