The Garden Bridge Trust has revealed new visuals showing off landscape designer Dan Pearson’s plans for the planted Thames crossing
The controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge, which is the subject of a judicial review hearing in the High Court next month, will be covered with 2,500m² of planted green space.
Designed by Dan Pearson, who is also working with Norman Foster on his Manchester Maggie’s Centre, the plans for the landscaping involve five ‘distinct areas’ which take inspiration from London’s horticultural history.
The area closest to the South Bank will feature species once common on Lambeth Marsh and central London. This will flow into a woodland area dubbed the South Glade. The central area of the bridge, to be known as the Scarp, will be designed to create an environment similar to a cliff-top landscape. A second woodland area will take inspiration from the parks and gardens of old London, with clipped plants to create defined forms, and finally, the area closest to Temple embankment will echo the nearby Temple Gardens.
Pearson said: ‘I am thrilled to be bringing Great Britain’s passion for gardens, gardening and horticulture to life on the Garden Bridge, using London’s unique horticultural story to help inspire the design. There are so many exceptional moments from gardens past and living green spaces around us today and the Garden Bridge will complement and continue this rich history of horticultural excellence in London.
‘Whatever the season, the planting will provide year round colour and interest with spring blossom and flowering bulbs, high summer flowers, autumn colour and winter interest from evergreens, scented shrubs and bulbs. An abundance of nectar-rich flower, berries and fruit will also create somewhere attractive to wildlife and the planting will also enhance and frame beautiful new views up and down the river.’
More than 270 trees, 2,000 shrubs, 22,000 perennials, ferns and grasses and 64,000 bulbs will be used in the bridge’s gardens.
Construction on the river crossing, which will link London’s South Bank with Temple, is set to begin in 2016 with the bridge opening to the public in 2018. But first the bridge must still face a judicial review next month.
Local campaigner Michael Ball is set to question Lambeth Council’s decision to award the controversial bridge planning permission. The judicial review is challenging the bridge on two fronts – its impact on central London’s iconic views and its maintenance costs.
If the judicial review challenge into Lambeth’s planning approval is successful it would be a major setback for the Garden Bridge Trust.
A successful challenge would quash the council’s permission granted in October 2014 and would mean the bridge would require new appraisals before it could again go before councillors for a decision – a process likely to take months.
The judicial review is set to take place in June and is expected to last two days.
Garden Bridge Trust reveals planting vision