Erik Bystrup, Bystrup
"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"
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, Vauxhall 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 bridge is a necessary part of a wider package of transport infrastructure with investment from Wandsworth Council and local developers. This includes the Northern Line extension, opening up the Thames Path, a riverboat pier and significant improvements to Nine Elms Lane.
The development of the Nine Elms area is bringing homes, jobs and local services. The bridge will improve connections to and from Nine Elms to allow residents from across London to benefit. It will provide a safe, attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging healthier travel for the communities on both sides of the river.
The new north-south link will facilitate access to the new tube stations and the new town centre around a redeveloped Battersea Power Station taking shape south of the river as well as new spaces for smaller businesses in railway arches, a centre for arts and culture with new galleries and public art and a new Covent Garden Market Food Quarter open to the wider public.
The proposed design of the bridge is based on an elegant look that provides simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact on each bank.
As part of the next generation of new cycle and pedestrian bridges the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge will:
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 is delivering 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.
The bridge will 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
TfL has established the need for a pedestrian and cycle only bridge, promoting sustainable transport alternatives.
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.
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:
Continuing consultation from the design competition stage, communities and stakeholders will be consulted on the proposals throughout the design development process.
This is a bridge for London and will be delivered in collaboration with Londoners. This autumn we will be consulting further on three location options through a series of meetings and public exhibitions held across Wandsworth, Westminster and Lambeth.
In 2017 we asked Londoners for their views on nine possible locations for a new bridge. Feedback from the consultation and our analysis of opportunities and potential impacts suggested that three of the nine locations would provide good crossing points for further consideration.
On behalf of Wandsworth Council, we are now asking local residents and Londoners to have their say on the three shortlisted locations for the proposed new Thames crossing whilst the project team continue their technical studies. Your feedback, together with the public consultation, will inform our final recommendation of the preferred bridge location.
£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.