Design Competition For New Thames Bridge

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The London Borough of Wandsworth has launched a design competition for a new Thames bridge.

To be built across the Thames between Nine Elms on the south bank, and Pimlico on the north bank, the brief is for a bridge designed for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The project is part of a £1 billion infrastructure investment for the Nine Elms district.

View of the River Thames at Nine Elms, looking east.  Photo credit: Ballymore Group

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

“This is a competition to find a team of brilliant engineers and architects to design a beautiful bridge spanning the Thames.

“This bridge has the potential to become an inspiring landmark, heralding the changes that are taking place south of the river and making vital connections to the north shore. The transport case is strong and this will be a valuable and sustainable addition to London’s transport infrastructure.

“This bridge needs to be designed to the highest quality standards; it must be inspiring, elegant and functional. The conundrum of creating a bridge that can be readily used by cyclists and pedestrians alike, that also provides adequate headroom for river traffic, is at the heart of the challenge.

“The design must also win the hearts and minds of Londoners, particularly the people living in the local area. Developing an inspiring, beautiful design will help us to leverage further funding and take the project to the next stage.”

The competition will have two stages:

  • Stage one will ask competitors to submit information about the people in their teams and to explain their approach to five design challenges. A maximum of four teams will be selected for the next stage.
  • Stage two will be a competitive dialogue process during which the selected teams will be asked to develop their design ideas and meet with the Jury Panel, the technical advisors and members of the Residents Review Panel. An honorarium will be paid to Stage 2 competitors. At the end of stage two the winner will be selected.

The competition is being run by Colander and will follow OJEU public sector procurement processes so the successful design team can be appointed to the project when it becomes live.

Find out more and find out how to enter at

Main image by JH @ Flickr

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