It is safe to say Joanna Lumley’s proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames has split opinion – not least because of the large amounts of money needed for what some regard as a ‘vanity project’.
Now a group of architects has launched a design competition for the most inventive way to spend the £60 million (and rising) of public cash pledged towards the project.
Titled A Folly for London, the tongue-in-cheek contest aims to highlight the alleged absurdity of the Thomas Heatherwick-designed bridge. Anyone willing to enter has to meet certain criteria, with the design needing to take up as much space as possible, obstruct key views of public landmarks, use environmentally damaging materials and aim to raise house prices by around 100 per cent.
As one joker commented, the entry conditions sound similar to the government’s new housing policy.