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Architect needed for new £40m Thames bridge

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development

Architect needed for new 40m Thames bridge Architect needed for new 40m Thames bridge

Does anybody out there know how to build a bridge?

If so, get in touch with Wandsworth Council who have approved plans for a new river crossing - and who have now launched an international competition to find a designer for it.

Though its exact location is yet to be confirmed, the proposed £40 million pedestrian and cycle crossing will connect the "rapidly developing" Nine Elms on the South Bank district with the historic Pimlico embankment to the north.

Ravi Govindia, council leader, said: “This will be a new bridge at the centre of the world’s greatest city so the design standard has to be exceptional. It will be a dream commission for the winning architect but to succeed they will have to meet some very unique challenges and expectations."

The overpass is part of a £2 billion infrastructure package aimed at transforming Nine Elms into a new Zone One transport hub complete with two new Northern Line tube stops.

The plan for the design competition came after a TfL feasibility study confirmed the bridge would cost around £40m and carry around 9,000 walkers and 9,000 cyclists a day – proving a car-free alternative to Vauxhall or Chelsea Bridge.

A shortlist of potential designers will be selected in early 2015, with the winning design announced in spring the same year.

The final designs would need planning approval from Wandsworth and Westminster Councils, and sign off from the London mayor.

Ravi Govindia added: “The design will have to inspire and win the hearts of Londoners who are tremendously proud of their river and its heritage.

"It must work alongside the cutting edge modern architecture of Nine Elms as well as the elegant buildings on the north bank. There will be engineering feats to overcome and the landing points on both sides must integrate sensitively and effectively with their surroundings.

“This bridge has the potential to become a powerful icon for the revival of Nine Elms which will help us bring new life, jobs and homes to this underused part of London. It would also help connect communities north of the river with these new opportunities and create a valuable transport link for our growing city.”

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