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Garden Bridge

Following Transport for London’s (TfL) tender for proposals to improve pedestrian links across the river, Heatherwick Studio and actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley have developed an idea for a new pedestrian ‘Garden Bridge’ across the River Thames; a scheme to connect North and South London with a garden. As one of the greenest cities of its size in the world, this precious new piece of landscape will add to London’s rich and diverse horticultural heritage of heathlands, parks, squares, allotments and community gardens and support many indigenous river edge plant species. The revival of the South Bank over the past two decades has created a vibrant and artistic district attracting large number of visitors to its art galleries, theatres, music halls, restaurants and outdoor entertainment. However, visits to Temple and the north bank area east of Somerset House and Waterloo Bridge are far less frequent. The bridge will grow and nourish the connection between these distinct areas whilst providing new walking routes to and from Covent Garden and Soho. With a structure that widens and narrows across its span, the elevated garden will not only be a safe and easy way for London’s many commuters and visitors to cross the river, it will also make places along its length for pedestrians to stop and better enjoy the remarkable river setting and unparalleled views of the city. The addition of careful planting with variety in scale, openness and intimacy will create a new kind of public space in the city.

Garden Bridge 

Following Transport for London’s (TfL) tender for proposals to improve pedestrian links across the river, Heatherwick Studio and actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley have developed an idea for a new pedestrian ‘Garden Bridge’ across the River Thames; a scheme to connect North and South London with a garden. As one of the greenest cities of its size in the world, this precious new piece of landscape will add to London’s rich and diverse horticultural heritage of heathlands, parks, squares, allotments and community gardens and support many indigenous river edge plant species.
The revival of the South Bank over the past two decades has created a vibrant and artistic district attracting large number of visitors to its art galleries, theatres, music halls, restaurants and outdoor entertainment. However, visits to Temple and the north bank area east of Somerset House and Waterloo Bridge are far less frequent. The bridge will grow and nourish the connection between these distinct areas whilst providing new walking routes to and from Covent Garden and Soho.
With a structure that widens and narrows across its span, the elevated garden will not only be a safe and easy way for London’s many commuters and visitors to cross the river, it will also make places along its length for pedestrians to stop and better enjoy the remarkable river setting and unparalleled views of the city. The addition of careful planting with variety in scale, openness and intimacy will create a new kind of public space in the city.

Client

Garden Bridge Trust

Location

London, UK

Begun

2013

Size

47m

Collaborators

Arup, Dan Pearson Studio,
Joanna Lumbley

Studio team

Sanjeet Ahira, Sam Aitkenhead, Jordan Bailiff, Laura Barr, Einar Blixhavn, Erich Breuer, Mark Burrows, Tyler Brown, Darragh Casey, Daniel Coley, Leila Davis, Antoine van Erp, Phillip Hall-Patch, Hayley Henry, Neil Hubbard, Maya Laitinen, Jonas Larsen, Barbara Lavickova, Jeroen Linnebank, Elli Liverakou, Freddie Lomas, Jakob Lund, Mira Naran, Simon Ng, Alexandra Nikolova, Juan Oyarbide, Hannah Parker, Luke Plumbley, Jeff Powers, Stefan Ritter, Péter Romvári, Ville Saarikoski, Julian Saul, Cliff Tan, Andrew Taylor, Ondrej Tichý, Takashi Tsurumaki, Stuart Wood