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Heatherwick goes for Garden Bridge in London

Charlotte S Charlotte Fernández UKIMEA Press Office,Leeds
19 July 2013

Thomas Heatherwick has been working with Arup to develop plans for a new ‘Garden Bridge’ across the River Thames for Transport for London (TfL).

The proposal for the 360m pedestrian bridge draws on London’s green heritage. The Garden Bridge design aims to create an attractive new way to link north and south in the heart of the city, providing a new walking route from the Southbank to Temple and on to Covent Garden and Soho.

The design concept is still in development and Arup is working closely with Heatherwick Studio on the engineering aspects of the outline scheme. Arup has also been appointed to carry out the landscape design coordination and hard landscape design, working with Dan Pearson Studio who will undertake soft landscape design.

With its rich heritage of allotments, gardens, heathland, parks and squares, London is one of the greenest cities in the world. In this context, we are excited to have been selected by TfL to explore the opportunity of a pedestrian river crossing. The idea is simple; to connect north and south London with a garden. ” Thomas Heatherwick Heatherwick Studio Founder

It's really been quite inspirational to work with Thomas Heatherwick in progressing this proposal for a fabulous bridge across the River Thames. The concept fits naturally with an efficient, balanced cantilever construction strategy that minimises impact on the Thames from both navigation and environmental perspectives. We are delighted to be helping develop plans for such a beautiful addition to London's urban habitat. ” Tristram Carfrae Arup Tristram Carfrae Deputy Chair