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£40M Thames bridge will link to Battersea Power Station

nine elms footbridge

Battersea Power Station will be connected to the north bank of the River Thames by a £40M “green bridge” open to pedestrians and cyclists, according to design plans.

The preferred location of the Nine Elms Pimlico bridge, recommended by a design team appointed by Wandsworth Council, crosses the river between Grosvenor Road riverbank on the north side of the Thames at Pimlico and Kirtling Street, near Battersea Power Station in Nine Elms on the south side.

The bridge has been labelled “green” as it is only for pedestrians and cyclists.

Wandsworth Council’s finance and corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee will next week consider the recommendations.

Last year Wandsworth Council unveiled three potential sites for the bridge along the stretch of the River Thames between Vauxhall Bridge and Chelsea Bridge.

In a statement, Wandsworth Council explained: “The recommendation reflects extensive technical analysis into aspects such as environmental impacts, navigational constraints and underground utilities.

“It also reflects input from stakeholders and local communities, especially regarding the potential impact of a crossing on trees in Pimlico Gardens.”

The bridge was designed by Robin Snell Architects and Danish firm Bystrup. Both practices were awarded the job following a competition in December 2015 organised by Colander. 

 Other firms on the project team include Aecom, Cowi, ÅF Lighting, David Bonnett Associates and DP9.

nine elms visualisation

Source: Wandsworth Council

Visualisation of Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge looking westbound

“The new bridge will be designed for pedestrians and cyclists to provide a safe, sustainable access route for all Londoners to access the new homes, jobs, leisure facilities and shops that are being created in Nine Elms and around Battersea Power Station,” said project team lead Robin Snell of Robin Snell &Partners.

New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray added: “We need to increase the numbers of people using methods of active travel – walking, cycling and public transport – to move around the city and the Nine Elms Pimlico bridge will help do that. It is also a very elegant design which will enhance this stretch of the river.”

Transport for London (TfL) first identified the need for a crossing closed to traffic across the Thames between Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridges in 2013, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s transport strategy aims for 80% of trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or by public transport by 2041.

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