Wandsworth Council has launched an international architect’s competition to design a new bridge that will go across the River Thames connecting Nine Elms and Pimlico

Architects and engineers from across the globe are being challenged by Wandsworth Council to create a new and ground-breaking design for a bridge that will connect Nine Elms with Pimlico. 

A panel of judges is being assembled to select the winning design, names already confirmed include Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley, CABE chair Pam Alexander and head of urban design at Transport for London Robin Buckle.

As well as thinking about the architecture and design, the entrants are being asked to include public exhibitions and ways of engaging with the local community both sides of the river. The bridge will offer a safer and more attractive car-free alternative to nearby Chelsea and Vauxhall Bridges. 

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

Around £26million is already committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms and the winning design could be used to attract additional funding or sponsorship. However, once the winning design is selected, it will still need to go through the regular planning processes before work can 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. 

“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 design must also win the hearts and minds of Londoners, particularly the people living in the local area. Developing an inspiring, beautiful design will help us to leverage further funding and take the project to the next stage.”

To find out more about the project and how to enter visit nepbridgecompetition.co.uk