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Nine Elms bridge: the six that missed out

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The AJ can reveal the six teams which just missed out on the shortlist for the Nine Elms bridge contest

It is understood the jury gave ‘special mentions’ to a handful of entrants into the high-profile competition including Coffey Architects, Farshid Moussavi and Stirling Prize-winners Wilkinson Eyre.

The six-strong list of special mentions

  • Wilkinson Eyre with Aecom, Atelier One and Schlaich Bergermann
  • Farshid Moussavi Architecture with Bollinger and Grohmann Ingenieure
  • Eric Parry Architects with Richard Deacon and AKTII
  • Grimshaw Architects with Atkins
  • Coffey Architects with Buro Happold
  • Studio Egret West with Ove Arup & Partners

Earlier today (17 March) Wandsworth Council revealed that Hopkins, AL_A, Marks Barfield and Robin Snell & Partners had been shortlisted for the new link across the Thames north of Battersea Power Station.

The four UK practices saw off competition from 74 anonymous entries which included a mix of ‘world renowned architects’ and ‘up-and-coming practices’.

The new pedestrian and cycle bridge, which competition organisers Colander said should be ‘inspiring and innovative’, will link Pimlico embankment on the north side of the river with Nine Elms to the south.

The bridge forms part of £1billion of infrastructure improvements in the huge regeneration area, which includes an extension to the Northern Line with two new underground stations designed by Grimshaw (AJ 12.11.14).

According to Transport for London (TfL), the extension will kick-start regeneration in the Nine Elms area, where Kieran Timberlake is currently overseeing the construction of the new US Embassy, and ‘provide major transport benefits’.

The four teams will now develop their initial design ideas before submitting detailed proposals.

A winner is expected to be announced in the autumn.

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