Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge Competition

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Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge Competition

Wandsworth River Thames Crossing Development, London, UK – Design Contest Images

Nine Elms Development – 25 Nov + 23 Jul 2015

17 Mar 2015

New Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge Competition News

Shortlist unveiled for Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

Wandsworth Council has revealed the four design teams to have made it through to the second stage of the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge competition.

The high profile contest had attracted 74 entries with each team submitting a rival proposal for a new pedestrian and cycle link across the Thames.

The successful teams are (alphabetical order):

Buro Happold Limited – with Marks Barfield Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Gardiner and Theobald

Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge Shortlist

Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering – with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting

Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge Shortlist

Ove Arup & Partners Ltd – with AL_A, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies

Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge Shortlist

Ove Arup & Partners Ltd with – Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates

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The finalists were unanimously selected by the competition’s jury panel which includes Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, Lambeth councillor Joanne Simpson, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and chair of Cabe at Design Council Pam Alexander.

In coming to their decision the panel considered feedback from more than 1,000 people who responded to the stage one public exhibitions, as well as detailed technical assessments for each proposal.

The next stage of the competition will see the shortlisted teams develop their initial ideas into detailed designs.

Wandsworth Council expects to announce the winning team in late autumn this year. A new bridge would require planning permission before it could be built.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: “I want to thank the jury panel and all of the designers who took part and made this such an exciting process. The quality of the submissions went beyond our best expectations and the interest this competition has generated across London has been tremendous.

“Congratulations to our shortlisted teams and I look forward to seeing their initial ideas developed further. The devil will be in the detail and the next stage will show us whether these four highly skilled and innovative design teams can meet the complex challenges this project presents.”

A TfL transport study confirms the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge has a strong business case and would provide another valuable route through central London to support the shift towards zero emission, sustainable travel options.

A £26million contribution is already identified from the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in further funding. The scheme has the support of the Mayor of London.

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.

27 Mar 2015

The Clip Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge

Location: Miles Street, Vauxhall, London, UK
Design: Architects of Invention
The Clip
Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge design – ‘The Clip’ entry

The new link between historic Pimlico and the cutting-edge development at Nine Elms should express the city’s ambitions for those neighbourhoods and for London as a whole.

23 Feb 2015

New Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge Competition News

New Thames Bridge

Images revealed of this new River Thames Crossing.

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Nine Elms on the South Bank with the historic Pimlico embankment is a key component in the Partnership’s transport development plans.

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Transport for London (TfL)’s feasibility study has confirmed the bridge is viable and would be a valuable addition to central London’s transport network. The exact location is yet to be confirmed but the preferred options would land close to the site of the new US Embassy.

In December 2014, Wandsworth Council launched an international competition to design a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico. See the dedicated website www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk for full details:

Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge Competition

Once a winning design is revealed in summer 2015 the Partnership will explore a range of funding options which could include sponsorship.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said:

“This competition is calling for architects from across the globe to come forward with exceptional, inspiring designs for a new bridge at the centre of the world’s greatest city. The successful entry will have to win the hearts of Londoners who are tremendously proud of their river and its rich architectural heritage.

“There are considerable challenges and engineering feats to overcome. The design must work alongside the cutting edge architecture emerging on the south bank as well as the elegant frontages on the north. The landing points on both sides must integrate sensitively with their surroundings and provide a smooth and safe experience for the pedestrian and cyclists who use it.

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“This bridge is also a badly needed and valuable piece of infrastructure for London. It has a very strong transport case, will support the city’s growth and has significant funding commitments already in place. Developing an inspiring, beautiful design will allow us to take the project to the next stage and ensure this project comes off the page into reality in a much shorter timeframe.”

TfL’s feasibility study suggests the bridge would cost around £40m, providing a car free alternative to Vauxhall or Chelsea Bridges.

A 2-stage design competition is now underway with the winning design due to be announced in summer 2015.

Any design taken forward would need planning approval from Wandsworth and Westminster Councils, and sign off from the Mayor of London, before being built.

View of the River Thames at Nine Elms, looking east:
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image : Ballymore Group

Please visit www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk for further information.

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17 Aug 2012
Extending London’s South Bank culture
Nine Elms
image from Wandsworth Council
Battersea Underground Line Extension
An ambitious plan to extend the cultural spine of London’s South Bank all the way to Battersea Power Station in Nine Elms is now being developed. A multi-billion pound investment programme has started to transform the largely industrial Nine Elms district and a cultural placemaking consultancy is being brought onboard to help ensure the area reaches its potential as a new centre for arts and culture.

6 Mar 2012
Nine Elms Parkside
Masterplan design: Allies & Morrison Architects
Nine Elms Parkside
image from Wandsworth Council

One Nine Elms Context – Vauxhall Square Development

Vauxhall Square
Vauxhall Square
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Vauxhall Square

One Nine Elms

Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – KPF
One Nine Elms Towers
image from Wandsworth Council

Embassy Gardens Nine Elms
Design: Sir Terry Farrell + various architects
Embassy Gardens Nine Elms
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Riverlight Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea




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Vauxhall Tower
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Vauxhall Tower
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Vauxhall Tower

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Design: Make Architects
Vauxhall Bondway
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Vauxhall Bondway

St Georges Wharf Development – incl. Vauxhall Tower
Design: Broadway Malyan
St Georges Wharf
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St Georges Wharf Development

Battersea Power Station – redevelopment masterplan
Design: Rafael Viñoly
Battersea Power Station Development
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Battersea Power Station Development

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