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Speculative Diamond Jubilee Bridge gets planning go-ahead

Plans for a £22million foot and cycle bridge across the Thames in London, designed by One-World Design, has been given the green light

The crossing, dubbed the Diamond Jubilee Bridge, has been approved by Hammersmith and Fulham council’s planning committee.

The scheme, designed by architect Chris Medland of One-World Design, includes a 170m-long bridge to connect Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Harbour, where the Queen boarded the royal barge for the diamond jubilee flotilla last year, to Battersea on the south side of the river. It will be made of three spans with three arches and will be open 24-hours-a-day.

Original plans were for the bridge to be connected to the Grade II* listed Battersea Railway Bridge but the scheme was modified to stand next to it instead, after concerns from English Heritage.

Wandsworth Council approved plans for the bridge earlier this year. Medland of One-World Design said the planning approval was a ‘very positive step’. He said: ‘It now just needs the Greater London Authority to give consent and there are already positive noises being made regarding funding.’

It is hoped work will start on the project next October with the bridge being open as early as spring 2015.

Council leader Nicholas Botterill said that 1.2million trips were expected across the bridge annually.

‘The new bridge has the potential to give the south of our borough a real boost by improving the local economy, bringing jobs to the area and making transport links better and faster,’ he said.

Diamond Jubilee Bridge designed by One-World Design

Project data

Design team: one-world design, Expedition Engineering, Beckett Rankine, Paul Nulty Lighting, HR Wallingford & RPS
Build cost: £22million
Location: Battersea and Fulham
Type Of Project: Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge
Structural Engineers: Expedition Engineering
Project Architect: Chris Medland

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Ambitious plans for new London footbridge revealed

Recently founded One-World Design has unveiled plans for a new £20 million footbridge next to the Chelsea Railway Bridge in London

Although the practice has yet to secure funding for the so-called Jubilee Bridge which would connect Chelsea Harbour and Battersea, the company’s founder Chris Medland has already met with planners from Wandsworth Council and Hammersmith & Fulham as well as representatives from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The design team, which is being backed by Hotel Rafayel and Expedition Engineering, is also set to talk to Transport for London, the Environment Agency, and the Port of London Authority ‘with the intention of going through a formal pre-application with the GLA and the borough prior to submission of full plans’.

Medland said he hoped the cycle and footbridge scheme could winning planning permision before June so that it ‘can be announced as a legacy project as part of the [London 2012] celebrations’.

See full project booklet attached.

The so-called Jubilee Bridge by One-World Design and Expedition Engineering - view from South West

The so-called Jubilee Bridge by One-World Design and Expedition Engineering - sketch


Readers' comments (2)

  • The smaller central arch accentuates the larger scale of the two side arches, and while the alignment of the piers with those of the adjacent Battersea Railway Bridge is clearly essential, I don't understand why the two 'double span' arches couldn't have been four smaller arches - which would surely have been a more elegant solution and avoided the over-scale and clumsy appearance of the big arches.

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  • Dear Robert,
    There are 5 river channels as defined by the arches of the existing railway structure. All 5 channels are navigable and must remain so. Due to the manoeuvring and access requirements of boats at Imperial Wharf Marina and Albion Quay, along with the Environment Agency’s concerns relating to any effects on the ecology of the intertidal mud flats, a two river pier solution is required. For the full description of the constraints and issues please refer to the design and access statement available at


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