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Design competition launched for new Nine Elms bridge

A competition to design a new bridge across the River Thames in Nine Elms has been launched by Wandsworth Council.

Vauxhall Bridge Nine Elms

Location of the proposed crossing, upriver from the existing Vauxhall Bridge.

The new river crossing will link the Nine Elms district with the Pimlico embankment to the north.

The jury panel will include Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and CABE chair Pam Alexander.

The competition will involve public exhibitions and engagement with local communities on both sides of the river.

The Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge is part of a £1bn infrastructure package which aims to transform the Nine Elms regeneration area into a well-connected Zone One destination. As well as the bridge, there will be two new Northern Line tube stops, improvements to rail stations, two riverbus piers and a new network of footpaths, parks and cycle lanes.

Around £26M is committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in match funding.

Once the winning design is selected, it would need to go through the planning process before work could begin.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “This is a competition to find a team of brilliant engineers and architects to design a beautiful bridge spanning the Thames.

“This bridge has the potential to become an inspiring landmark, heralding the changes that are taking place south of the river and making vital connections to the north shore. The transport case is strong and this will be a valuable and sustainable addition to London’s transport infrastructure.

“This bridge needs to be designed to the highest quality standards; it must be inspiring, elegant and functional. The conundrum of creating a bridge that can be readily used by cyclists and pedestrians alike, that also provides adequate headroom for river traffic, is at the heart of the challenge.”

The competition will have two stages:

  • Stage one will ask competitors to submit information about the people in their teams and to explain their approach to five design challenges.  A maximum of four teams will be selected for the next stage.
  • Stage two will be a competitive dialogue process during which the selected teams will be asked to develop their design ideas and meet with the Jury Panel, the technical advisors and members of the Residents Review Panel.  An honorarium will be paid to Stage 2 competitors.  At the end of stage two the winner will be selected.

The competition is being run by Colander and will follow OJEU public sector procurement processes so the successful design team can be appointed to the project when it becomes live.

More details about the project and how to enter the competition can be found here.


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