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.
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’.
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