Design Shortlist for London Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Revealed

By James O Malley on at

If you follow the news in London, you've probably heard about the plans for the ill-advised Garden Bridge, but did you know that a bit further west along the river plans are in motion for another bridge linking Nine Elms (which is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment with a tonne of towers being built) with Pimlico?

Wandsworth Council has today published some more images of the four competing designs, having initially shortlisted them from 74 original proposals.

The one pictured up top is the entry designed by Partners Ltd with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies.

Here's the design by Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates...

And here's Buro Happold Ltd with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald...

And finally, this one is by Design and Engineering with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting.

The eventual bridge, to which developers will be contributing £26m, will be for the exclusive use of cyclists and pedestrians, and requirements include a need to make it high enough for large vessels to sale under, but also not so steep that it will stop cyclists and wheelchairs (hence the rather curvy slopes up on the designs). The council also says that the eventual design must be in keeping with the "urban characteristics" on either side, and be "elegant in its own right".

Sadly some of the crazier, earlier designs from the first stage of the competition are not included in the shortlist:

The winning design will be announced later this year. What are your thoughts on the designs?