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First image of Garden Bridge’s copper cladding revealed

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The first image showing how Heatherwick’s controversial Garden Bridge will be clad has been revealed by the Garden Bridge Trust

The £175 million bridge’s concrete structure will be coated in a copper-nickel alloy, known as cupro-nickel, from its feet on the riverbed up to the base of the balustrades on the bridge deck.

In a statement the trust said the copper, which has been donated by from multi-national mining company Glencore, was a ‘fundamental’ part of Heatherwick’s concept for the bridge.

The material will form a protective skin to the carbon steel structure giving it a maintenance free 120 year life, protecting the bridge from river and environmental corrosion.

More than 240 tonnes of the material - which is commonly used for medical equipment and ship propellers - will be used on the scheme.

Glencore’s donation brings support for the bridge to £120 million. The Trust plans to launch a public fundraiser later this year to help raise the final funds needed for the scheme.

First conceived by actor Joanna Lumley, the proposed 370m-long planted pedestrianised bridge has been criticised for its location, cost and restrictions of how it will be used.

A legal challenge has been launched in an attempt to derail the controversial Thames crossing which has been approved by both Lambeth and Westminster Councils (AJ 17.02.14).

Michael Ball, the former director of a local community group, has applied to the High Court for a judicial review into Lambeth

The Garden Bridge Trust has said the bridge is on course to open in 2018.


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