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Preferred location revealed for controversial Nine Elms footbridge


The design team appointed by Wandsworth Council to design the Nine Elms Pimlico footbridge has put forward its preferred location for the crossing

Last year the council unveiled three potential sites for the bridge along the stretch of The Thames between Vauxhall Bridge and Chelsea Bridge.

The bridge was designed by Robin Snell Architects and Danish practice Bystrup following a competition win in 2015.

After ‘extensive consultation’, the team has now ruled out landing the 920m-crossing in Pimlico Gardens mainly due to concerns about its environmental impact. Initial proposals to take the bridge from Bourne Vallery Wharf to the Westminster park sparked a backlash from both design experts and local residents.

Instead the team has suggested the cycle and pedestrian bridge should be built further south, spanning from Grosvenor Road riverbank, close to Claverton Street, on the Pimlico side to Kirtling Street, near Battersea Power Station in Nine Elms on the south side.

Robin snell preferred location red

Robin snell preferred location red

The recommendation will be voted on by the council’s finance and corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee, which is meeting on 13 February.

The two practices scooped the job following a competition in December 2015 organised by Colander

Robin Snell of Robin Snell and Partners and project team lead, said: ’After an extensive consultation and technical evaluation process we are delighted to be able to recommend a preferred location for the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge to Wandsworth Council.

’The new bridge will be designed for pedestrians and cyclists to provide a safe, sustainable access route for all Londoners to access the new homes, jobs, leisure facilities and shops that are being created in Nine Elms and around Battersea Power Station.’

He added: ‘If [the proposal] approved by the scrutiny committee, we look forward to progressing to the next stage of the design process, continuing to talk to Londoners about our plans and helping to deliver what will be a landmark new bridge for London.’

Location plan showing the preferred location for the nine elms pimlico bridge

Location plan showing the preferred location for the nine elms pimlico bridge

Project team in full

  • Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering
  • Robin Snell and Partners
  • COWI
  • ÅF Lighting
  • David Bonnett Associates
  • DP9 

Readers' comments (2)

  • Are people objecting purely to try and frustrate the process and increase costs? There is a Shell garage right where the initial proposal was meant to land!
    Most of the architecture, and streetscape in that area is really poor quality apart from St. Georges square as well. This just looks like the worst kind of nimbyism to me

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  • Build this bridge. Is it too late to suggest it is a continuation of St. George’s Sq? Or would the security guys at the US Embassy and the good residents of Chelsea object?

    Sweet Thames run softly, though I speak not loud nor long. At my back I hear, times winged chariot drawing near.
    (Apologies to Spenser, Mr Eliot and others)

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