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Design for new Thames bridge revealed

Thames bridge

A design by Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering has been chosen by the jury in a contest to design a bridge over the River Thames.

The competition to design a Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge attracted 74 entries from engineers and architects around the world.

The full team behind the preferred design includes Bystrup, Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen, Aarsleff, ÅF Lighting Aecom, Cowi Engineering and DP9.

Jury panel chair and senior partner at architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Graham Stirk said: “This was an extremely difficult choice between four excellent teams, but ultimately we felt that Bystrup and their partners had the most compelling approach to the challenges posed in our brief. Their strategy is elegant and simple, they aspire to celebrate the river and create a thing of real beauty which is what this bridge should be.

“Their light touch approach to landing points is commendable and the exploration of lighting and textured surfaces to manage movement across the bridge is both interesting and inventive. They see the bridge as a sustainable transport link and piece of new public realm which should be attractive, fun and a pleasure to use.”

A final decision will be made by Wandsworth Council’s executive group on 30 November.

The scheme would need to go through the planning system before it could be built, requiring consent from Wandsworth and Westminster Councils as well as the Mayor of London.

The competition is being managed by Colander Associates.

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