The purpose of the competition is to identify the best team to produce a concept design for a new cycle and pedestrian bridge across the River Thames in London, between Nine Elms and Pimlico.
The competition seeks expressions of interest, supported by evidence of pertinent technical awareness and design innovation at Stage 1. Public exhibitions will be held, showcasing the design element of each submission.
At Stage 2, shortlisted competitors will be asked to develop their design ideas for the actual site, including formal dialogue with the client and key stakeholders on both sides of the river, and public exhibitions to engage the wider community.
Exhibitions will take place in Pimlico and Nine Elms later this month to showcase dozens of rival design ideas for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames. Later this year the competition’s jury panel will recommend a shortlist of up to four teams to go through to the next competitive stage. This will see their outline deigns developed into a more detailed proposal.
A TfL transport study confirms the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge has a strong business case and the forecast daily usage is 18,000 journeys, spilt evenly between those on bike and those on foot.
£26million is already committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in further funding. The bridge would plug the large gap between Chelsea and Vauxhall bridges, providing another direct route through central London and supporting the shift towards zero emission, sustainable travel options.
The bridge is part of the infrastructure package needed to support growth in Nine Elms and Vauxhall where tens of thousand of new jobs and homes are now being created alongside billions in growth and tax receipts. The competition is being run by Colander and follows OJEU public sector procurement processes so the successful design team can be appointed to the project when it becomes live.
Once the winning design is selected, in summer 2015, it would need to go through the planning process before work could begin. Source by Nine_Elms.