Vision

"Our design concept is based on an elegant bridge that provides simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact on each bank. This will be one of the very first shared pedestrian and cycle bridges over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London’s river crossings"

Erik Bystrup, Bystrup

Computer Generated Image of Nine Elms on the South Bank

For years Nine Elms has been a focus of industry and home to mainly light industrial and warehouse uses as well as Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's Battersea Power Station.

As a new residential and commercial district of Central London, Nine Elms/Battersea needs better connections to the rest of the city. A programme of new and improved infrastructure needs to connect this area, ensuring all Londoners benefit from the emerging opportunities.

The Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge is one of a range of infrastructure improvements essential to connecting Nine Elms/Battersea to the rest of London, creating a link between communities for living, working and playing.

The new north-south link would facilitate access to the new tube stations and town centres taking shape south of the river as well as new and existing parks and cultural attractions on both sides.

Click here to learn more about the emerging opportunities in Nine Elms on the South Bank. 

At this stage, there is no fixed design and no fixed location for the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge. The Design Team is engaging in a collaborative process with stakeholders and communities to hear your comments and gain feedback.

Benefits

As part of the next generation of new cycle and pedestrian bridges the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge would:

  • Meet the increasing demand for high quality new, safe, clean air infrastructure and provide a safer option for pedestrians and cyclists, reducing accidents and fear of cycling.

  • Provide a vital new connection, facilitating access to jobs and growth as a part of the wider regeneration on both sides of the river, including the fast changing district of Nine Elms on the South Bank which will deliver 25,000 new jobs, 20,000 new homes and billions in GDP growth.

  • Demonstrate that London is open for business with a new London landmark, heralding the growth that is taking place south of the river and facilitating a shift to more sustainable modes of transport.

  • Offer a safer option for pedestrians and cyclists, reducing accidents and fear of cycling.

  • Close the largest gap in the river, between Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridges, and form a new transport artery for our growing city.

Aims

Connective

The bridge would connect London's newest residential and commercial district to the rest of the city and reduce journey times for pedestrians and cyclists.

London’s population is at an all-time high and growing, putting immense pressure on transport networks including the existing river crossings. The distance between Vauxhall Bridge and Chelsea Bridge is more than double the average gap between river crossings in Central London. TfL identified the need for a bridge to improve connectivity and it is in the Mayor’s London Plan and Draft Transport Strategy. The bridge would:

  • Connect the new retail, gastronomic and leisure opportunities emerging on both sides of the river.

  • Facilitate access to jobs, services and growth, bringing significant benefits for the communities in Battersea/Nine Elms and Westminster and for the whole of London.

  • Benefit all users through better air quality and safer streets.

  • Provide the ‘missing link’ between the existing and new ‘Quietways’ of Westminster, Wandsworth and Lambeth.

  • Provide cyclists and pedestrians with an alternative route to the busy pavements and Cycle Superhighways on Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridges.

  • Provide improved access to public open spaces including the new Nine Elms Riverside Walkway, Nine Elms Linear Park and Battersea Park.

The Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge is one of many proposed river crossings in the Mayor of London’s Connecting the Capital Report 2015. Click here for more information

 

Sustainable

TfL has established the need for a pedestrian and cycle only bridge, promoting sustainable transport alternatives and reducing impacts on air quality.

Today cities across the world are responding to the demand for sustainable, environmentally-friendly shared public spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

As part of the next generation of new cycle and pedestrian bridges, the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge would:

- help to meet rising transport demand, reducing congestion whilst improving public health.
- provide an appealing journey experience for users having been designed specifically to meet the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.
- encourage sustainable, zero-emission forms of travel in the interests of improving air quality.
- create new public spaces away from concentrations of air pollution.
- provide an alternative route to the Cycle Superhighways and busy Vauxhall/Chelsea Bridge routes.

The proposals for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridge are consistent with the pedestrian and cycling policies of the surrounding local authorities and the GLA. The bridge would make a significant contribution to the shared objectives of improving air quality and encouraging safe, sustainable transport methods.

 

Innovative

Making a positive contribution to the urban landscape, designed to become a new landmark for the whole of London, encourage movement and legible, high quality, inclusive public spaces.

Led by Danish practice, Bystrup, the Design Team is developing proposals for one of London’s first integrated cycle and pedestrian bridges, exploring innovative options such as textured surfaces and recessed lighting to guide walkers and cyclists.

The bridge would be visible in views of the iconic Battersea Power Station and connect the established communities of Pimlico with the new neighbourhoods and opportunities of Nine Elms – a simple solution for a new connection in an old city, utilising world class design and engineering to create a new landmark in London, free for all who use it.

The competition winning design concept for the bridge is based on a spiral design which connects seamlessly to riverbank level. This removes the need for lifts or stairs and reduces any impact on the river banks, making it accessible for all.

The project presents a number of challenges which any proposal for a bridge must address with innovative solutions:

 

Collaborative

Continuing consultation from the design competition stage, communities and stakeholders will be consulted on the proposals throughout the design development process.

In June and July 2017 the Design Team built upon the consultation undertaken as part of the competition with five days of public exhibitions, outlining our current work and gathering feedback. More than 600 people attended the exhibitions at locations in Westminster, Wandsworth and Lambeth.

We are continuing to undertake a range of technical and feasibility studies to inform the evolution of the proposals with further public engagement throughout autumn 2017.

We would like to hear your views and would be grateful if you could complete a feedback form by clicking here

 

Deliverable

£26 million of private sector funding is identified from the development of Nine Elms and further funding options will be explored in tandem with developing a detailed design.

A world-class Design Team has been selected following an international competition to deliver the bridge. Transport for London (TfL) confirms a Cost Benefit Ratio of 2:1 – well above TfL and Department for Transport minimum value for money thresholds.

There is the potential to attract significant revenue in naming and image rights.