A design team led by Denmark’s Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering was appointed to carry out exploratory design work on a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico.
A new walking and cycling bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico will provide Londoners with access to the homes, jobs and leisure facilities being created in central London’s newest town centre at Nine Elms.
In 2019, a preferred location was identified by the bridge design team, appointed by Wandsworth Council.
Spanning the river from Grosvenor Road riverbank (west of Claverton Street) on the north side of the Thames at Pimlico to Kirtling Street, near Battersea Power Station in Nine Elms on the south side, the preferred location presents an opportunity to positively shape the public space on the riverside.
The recommended location is seen as the best opportunity to create a new, sustainable transport link connecting the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area with local neighbourhoods and communities, and the rest of London beyond.
Following an international design competition, Bystrup was commissioned by Wandsworth Council to design the bridge with architects Robin Snell and Partners – one of the first Thames crossings developed specifically to meet the needs of both pedestrians and cyclists.
£26 million in private funding is identified from the development of Nine Elms and, according to a Transport for London feasibility study, the project would pay for itself twice over in terms of reduced journey times and other benefits.
The bridge is supported by the London Plan and the Vauxhall, Battersea, Nine Elms Opportunity Area Planning Framework.
A summary of the feasibility study can be downloaded from here.