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Heatherwick's 'Garden Bridge' gets £30m government backing

The government has pledged £30 million towards Heatherwick Studio’s planned £150m tree-topped pedestrian bridge over the Thames in central London

First mooted in June the pedestrian bridge between Temple Station and Queen’s Walk on the South Bank has been masterminded by Heatherwick Studio, Dan Pearson Studio and Arup.

The £30m funding for the bridge was announced as part of the government’s National Infrastructure Plan and will be added to contributions from private investors and Transport for London.

Chancellor George Osborne said: ‘The proposed Garden Bridge will bring a new kind of public space into the centre of our capital city, attracting visitors from across the globe and showcasing the best in British design, creativity and engineering. As well as encouraging other economic development, both north and south of the river, this money will help encourage private donations to fund the rest of the bridge itself.’

Mervyn Davies, chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, added: ‘We are delighted and grateful for this welcome contribution which will play a significant role in turning the vision to build the country’s first garden bridge into a reality. The Garden Bridge will be an exciting landmark and a major new river crossing for London, linking the South Bank with the Strand and offering a quiet and beautiful way to cross the Thames.

‘We will begin an active fundraising campaign next year to build on this very clear demonstration of support and confidence in the project.’

A public consultation on the bridge is currently underway in advance of a planning application for the green crossing being submitted.  

It has been suggested that the bridge could now be completed by 2017.

Previous story (01.11.13)

New images of Heatherwick’s £150m ‘Garden Bridge’ released

The Garden Bridge Trust has revealed new images of its plans to build a tree-topped pedestrian bridge over the Thames designed by Heatherwick Studio

A public consultation was launched today (1 November) in advance of a planning application to build a new Thames crossing. Plans are expected to be submitted in the first quarter of 2014.

First mooted in June the pedestrian bridge between Temple Station and Queen’s Walk on the South Bank has been masterminded by Heatherwick Studio, Dan Pearson Studio and Arup.

The proposed bridge has the support of Transport for London (TfL) with the organisation ‘helping the Trust to develop the project by hosting the consultation on their website and helping to secure the permissions required to build the Garden Bridge.’

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Thomas Heatherwick

‘London is where it is because of the river Thames. But over many years the human experience of this amazing piece of nature has been marginalised by successive transport moves.

‘The city on the north bank and the historic district of Temple is almost completely isolated from the river by the dual carriageway of the Victoria Embankment that slices it’s way along the north bank and other than its wonderful view, Waterloo Bridge is surprisingly unfriendly for pedestrians.

‘There is now an opportunity to connect London together better, to give Londoners a huge improvement in the quality of pedestrian river crossing in this area, to allow us all to get closer to the river and at the same time to stimulate new regeneration possibilities at both ends where it lands.

‘The combination of Transport for London’s brief for a new river crossing and Joanna Lumley’s inspiration for a new kind of garden will offer Londoners an extraordinary new experience in the heart of this incredible city.’

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