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A Garden Bridge for London
New pedestrian bridge planned to span the River Thames

A detailed planning application has been submitted for a pedestrian garden bridge in London.

Tower Bridge, London with Canary Wharf in distance
Robert Holden
Tower Bridge, London with Canary Wharf in distance
A detailed planning application has been submitted for a pedestrian garden bridge in London. Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the bridge has been described as evolving from the guerrilla gardening movement, with woodland and a variety of garden types spanning the crossing point. The detailed design of the gardens has been undertaken by Dan Pearson, who hopes to retain the intimacy of the garden scale along the huge infrastructural project. 

The proposal represents a shift in the design of London’s bridges, Richard De Cani Director of Strategy and Policy at Transport for London stated ‘We didn’t want any old bridge…we’ve got our lean, mean, efficient footbridges like Millennium and Hungerford, so we’re interested in a bridge that did something else’. The Mayor of London and central government have each allocated €37.5 million to the project, though the estimated cost of the project is €220 million. If the planning application is approved, the bridge is expected to be opened in 2018.

For more information visit the Garden Bridge Trust website using this link http://www.gardenbridgetrust.org/index.html


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http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/24/garden-bridge-london-thomas-heatherwick-joanna-lumley

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