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Revealed: all 74 schemes vying for new Nine Elms bridge


All 74 entries in the competition to design a new Thames crossing at Nine Elms in south London have been unveiled

The anonymous designs for the £40 million pedestrian and cyclist crossing went on show yesterday (23 February) ahead of the announcement of a shortlist early next month. 

Entrants cannot yet be named under EU procurement rules but include a mix of ‘world renowned architects’ and ‘up-and-coming practices’ – according to the competition organisers Colander Associates.

The jury – featuring Graham Stirk of RSHP and Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia – will select four submissions for further development in early March.

Govindia said: ‘We challenged the world’s designers to come up with creative solutions to a very complex set of design, engineering and transport challenges. The response is testament to the exceptional talent out there.’

He continued: ‘To succeed this bridge must be two things at once. It must be a beautiful piece of architecture and a valuable new transport link.’

A total of 80 teams qualified for the competition’s first round earlier this month and 74 submitted entries for the exhibition.

The new pedestrian and cycle bridge will connect the 200 hectare former Nine Elms industrial area – which is undergoing massive regeneration – with the historic Pimlico embankment to the north.

The structure is expected to meet the south bank of the River Thames close to Kieran Timberlake’s £650 million US Embassy which is due to complete in 2017.

The project follows a Transport for London feasibility study which estimated the bridge would cost £40 million and could handle around 9,000 walkers and 9,000 cyclists a day.

A winner will be announced in June.

Public exhibitions

North bank exhibition

Westminster Boating Base,136 Grosvenor Road, London SW1V 3JY

  • Monday 23rd February – 11am – 7pm
  • Tuesday 24th February – 9am – 7pm

South bank exhibition

ROSE Centre, Ascalon Street, London SW8 4DJ

  • Friday 27th February – 1-7pm
  • Saturday 28th February – 10am – 6pm



Readers' comments (3)

  • the nine elms redevelopment, a new tube station, potentially 2 new bridges and a housing zone - exciting times for Battersea

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  • When did the Garden Bridge 'compete' for their project? Can anyone provide evidence please including the others in the competition? Many thanks.

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  • Yes W-K-C, we ran a story on this contest last year. Heatherwick went up against Marks Barfield and Wilkinson Eyre https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/politicians-to-probe-heatherwicks-garden-bridge-appointment/8673820.article

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