Dozens of rival designs for a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico have been revealed as part of an international design competition run by Wandsworth Council. The proposed bridge would cross the Thames between Nine Elms and Pimlico, filling the gap between the Vauxhall and Chelsea bridges.
The contest has had 74 entries from professional teams around the world, including some of the biggest names in architecture and engineering, as well as exciting up and coming talent. Currently the designs are being displayed on an anonymous basis, ensuring that new talent and established practices can compete on a level playing field.
These initial design ideas are being exhibited online and showcased locally to communities in Nine Elms and Pimlico. Wandsworth Council is encouraging Londoners to have their say, as comments will be passed on to the competition’s panel. Each design proposal is undergoing a detailed technical assessment. This month the panel will announce a shortlist of up to four teams to go through to the next stage of the competition.
Leader of Wandsworth Council and panel member, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: “To succeed this bridge must be two things at once. It must be a beautiful piece of architecture and a valuable new transport link. This is what our growing city needs and thanks to this competition we now have more than 70 different approaches to consider.”
Words by: Stefanie Packard