I hope you will be covering the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge debacle in the same detail, similar story, politicians deciding the solution before any analysis has been done and picking the most expensive option
£11 million already spent (more then cost of new ferries), public consultation now twice delayed
Budget now £330 million up from £120-180 million estimate (as a reminder garden bridge went from £60 to £200 million)
Ferry option is a fraction of the price and could have been delivered by now if work started in autumn 2016
Comment on: The era of follies is over
Had the Victorians had a similar attitude to the authors, our public spaces would have been very mean. People were struggling to get by then as well.
Were the garden bridge to be built subsequent generations would thank us for our contribution to London's public space and millions of photographs would have been taken each year of it or from it. The folly of its procurement would have been quickly forgotten.
Although the procurement may have been a mess we also need some follies in our life or does Mr Richie as an architect suggest from now on simple cheap rectangular structures to all of our building needs? Why do we even need architects? since 'too many people are struggling to get by' lets save on architects fees by going for very simple concrete or brick boxes.
No pictures of Wood Wharf & Herons Quay at Canary Wharf? What is happening along South Quay on the Isle of Dogs and Blackwall makes Nine Elms and Greenwich Peninsula look like small villages.
I wonder if the cruise terminal and the cruise ships docked there will be connected to mains power otherwise you will have diesel smoke from the ships generators wafting into those nice balconies. No mains power would inevitably result in environmental failings as ships diesel engines are not the cleanest.