London isn't exactly short on bridges, in fact there are a whopping 35 of them over the river Thames. But if we're being honest, London's bridge game has been getting a bit stale. To shake things up a bit, Wandsworth Council decided to run a competition to design a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico. They announced the four shortlisted designs back in March and since then, the architects have had a chance to fine-tune their designs and they all look pretty darn swanky.
Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies
The bridge is being designed with cyclists and pedestrians in mind, so the architects had the tricky job of designing something that was not too steep to tackle on two wheels but high enough so that boats can pass underneath.
Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates
The judging panel will decide on the winning team later this year, but it'll need to get the green light from Westminster and Wandsworth councils and the Mayor’s office before they start building it.
Buro Happold Ltd with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald
If you want to have your say on the new bridge, you can head to one of the exhibitions which are at:
The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BU, July 21-22, 9.30am–7.30pm.
Hyde Park Room, Regus Building, 8th Floor, 50 Broadway, SW1H 0RG, July 23-24 9.30am–6pm.
Find out more about the competition here.
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