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Gallery | Designs for Nine Elms railway bridge

A Battersea railway bridge leading to the £13bn Nine Elms development is set to get a spruce up after six designs were revealed as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Architects were tasked with turning the “ugly and unwelcoming underpass” in Thessaly Road into an attractive walking and cycling route as part of a competition launched in January by Wandsworth Council and the London Festival of Architecture.

Judges have now chosen a final six designs, which residents will have a chance to comment on before a winner receives a £20,000 fee to turn their design into a reality in time for the London Festival of Architecture 2019.

In the running are Architecture doing place, Jan Kattein Architects, Mesh Workshop, Yinka Ilori, De Rosee Sa and Farrer Huxley Associates.

The Nine Elms development on London’s South Bank is home to the new US embassy. Once complete the development will have 22,000 apartments along with several hotels, restaurants and office spaces.

Wandsworth Council community services and open spaces cabinet member Steffi Sutters said: “The Thessaly Road underpass, which is right next to St George’s Primary School, has long been overdue a make-over and I am delighted to see these vibrant designs, any one of which will make a real difference to the journeys of everyone who passes through.

“It is great to be working with the London Festival of Architecture on this project and getting the community directly involved in helping to choose a really creative design that will transform this community gateway.”

The London Festival of Architecture is a month-long festival running from 1-10 June which celebrates architectural experimentation and debate in the capital.

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