Wandsworth Council has launched an international competition to design a new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames.
Architects and engineers are being challenged to create an inspiring, innovative design for the new river crossing linking the Nine Elms district with the Pimlico embankment to the north.
A high profile jury panel is being assembled to select the winning design. Confirmed panel members include Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and CABE chair Pam Alexander.
The competition will include public exhibitions and engagement with local communities on both sides of the river.
The Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge is part of a £1bn infrastructure package transforming the Nine Elms regeneration area into a well connected Zone One destination. As well as the bridge there are two new Northern Line tube stops, improvements to rail stations, two riverbus piers and a new network of footpaths, parks and cycle lanes.
Around £26 million is committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in match funding.
Once the winning design is selected, it would need to go through the planning process before work could begin.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: ““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.
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.
To find out more about the project and how to enter visit www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk.