AL_A's design for the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge, conceived with Ove Arup and Partners, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies

The four teams in the running to create London’s £40 million Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge have revealed their final proposals.

Designs from Hopkins, Bystrup, Amanda Levete (AL_A) and Marks Barfield Architects were shortlisted from 74 entries in Wandsworth Council’s competition for the cycle and pedestrian link.

‘There is still a long way to go but these teams have given us real hope that a solution can be found to the complex challenges involved in creating a new pedestrian and cycle link across this stretch of the river,’ says Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council.

Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge proposal by Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering
Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge proposal by Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering, with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting

Bystrup Architecture Design Engineering has conceived a curled structure with spiral landings while Hopkins Architects are proposing a link with entrances and exits shaped in a figure-of-eight.

AL_A have devised a shell-like bridge and Marks Barfield Architects have designed an asymmetrical structure with a solitary mast leaning towards Nine Elms.

Proposal by Marks Barfield Architects; with Buro Happold, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, and Gardiner and Theobald
Design by Marks Barfield Architects, Buro Happold, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, and Gardiner and Theobald

All the proposals had to have step-free access and be high enough for boats to pass below without creating a slope too steep for cyclists and pedestrians. Designs also had to minimise the loss of open space.

The bridge forms part of the £15 billion Nine Elms regeneration project – headlined by the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

Proposal by Hopkins Architects, together with Ove Arup and Partners and Grant Associates
Proposal by Hopkins Architects, together with Ove Arup and Partners and Grant Associates

Londoners are being invited to provide feedback on the shortlisted designs over the next few days at exhibitions in Westminster and Wandsworth as well as online.

A panel including architect Graham Stirk (of RSH+P) and councillors of Lambeth and Wandsworth will consider public responses before choosing a winner in October. But it’ll be a while before we see anything with construction unlikely to begin before 2018.

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