A competition to design a new river crossing at Nine Elms in south London will launch in the autumn
The plans were exclusively revealed to the AJ this week at MIPIM by Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia who described the project as a ‘new icon’.
The local authority will seek designs for the new pedestrian bridge connecting Nine Elms to Pimlico over the River Thames later this year.
Close to Kieran Timberlake’s new US embassy, the bridge is part of a £1 billion package of transport infrastructure improvements to the area which includes a £560 million extension to the Northern Line.
Govindia was optimistic some ‘small change’ would be found from the district’s infrastructure budget to pay for the structure.
He added: ‘We have a few engineering things to sort out, and while we have a site for the link on the south of the river, just north of the Embassy, there are potentially a couple [of options] on the northern bank.’
London deputy mayor for planning and former Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister was however less supportive of the scheme. ‘We want all the [funding] to go to the Northern Line. We would not want to see any of that diverted to any other purposes.’