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Garden Bridge unveils 'virtual reality experience'

Garden Bridge planting in Spring

The Garden Bridge Trust has released a virtual 3D model showing how Heatherwick Studio’s controversial crossing over the Thames will look and feel to visitors

The 360-degree ‘virtual reality experience’ – which can be watched on YouTube or below – shows views from the bridge, as well as the plants and trees featured in the design.

Footage for the panoramic, interactive tool was collected on a boat using ‘elevated videography equipment’ at the height of the bridge on the Thames.

Leading consultant Arup developed the 3D experience, using Heatherwick Studio’s design details.

David Edge, virtual & visualisation leader at Arup, said: ‘This virtual reality experience is the latest development of our innovation in experiential design, enabling immersive engagement through emerging technologies.

‘We look forward to the bridge opening when we can see this virtual experience become reality.’

Earlier this month, new London mayor Sadiq Khan effectively suspended work on the bridge after he committed to not spending any more public money on the project.

Last week a new independent report, drawn up by tourist attraction consultant Dan Anderson, concluded the business plan for the bridge was ‘flawed’ and predicted the financial projections were ‘unachievable’. 

The Garden Bridge virtual reality experience




Readers' comments (3)

  • Is that the best that the Garden Bridge Trust can do, with their £60,000,000 bonfire of public money? Not even a view of the proposed bridge from the Thames walkway. Though they may have very good reasons for wanting to keep that aspect of the monstrous design under a veil.

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  • Good to see the virtual people behaving themselves - congregating in groups of no more than three, not cycling (not even pushing bikes), not eating, drinking, begging or littering, not partying - virtually unreal - it must be one of those times when the bridge is open to the public.

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  • There should have been virtual figures of Boris, Joanna and Tom cavorting down the bridge and giving us the two finger salute.

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