Heatherwick unveils plans for garden bridge over River Thames in London
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Heatherwick unveils plans for garden bridge over River Thames in London

13 Jun 2013

Architectural firm Heatherwick Studio has unveiled plans for a £60m 'garden' bridge across the river Thames between Victoria Embankment and the South Bank in London, UK.

Architectural firm Heatherwick Studio has unveiled plans for a £60m ‘garden’ bridge across the river Thames between Victoria Embankment and the South Bank in London, UK.

Heatherwick Studio founder Thomas Heatherwick said that the idea is to connect north and south London with a garden.

"With its rich heritage of allotments, gardens, heathland, parks and squares, London is one of the greenest cities in the world," Thomas Heatherwick said.

The company won a Transport for London (TfL) tender to improve pedestrian access across the river Thames.

"The bridge will help support economic activity and provide commuters arriving at Waterloo with alternative options to cross the river."

Thomas Heatherwick is now working with Arup to develop the detailed designs for the project, which are expected to be submitted for planning consent in spring 2014 while the garden bridge is likely to open in 2016.

TfL managing director for planning Michele Dix said that the bridge will help support economic activity and provide commuters arriving at Waterloo with alternative options to cross the river.

"Current emerging ideas for the bridge include direct routes for pedestrians alongside the creation of a major public space across the Thames incorporating a garden," Dix said.

"TfL will work with the relevant authorities including Westminster, Lambeth and the Port of London Authority to further develop these plans, steering them through to planning permission stage. The construction of the structure is entirely dependent on third-party funding."