Revealed: London to get a new £88m bridge across the River Thames

Sick of hearing about the Garden Bridge? Here’s a new London bridge you could obsess over.

The capital is set to get a £90m across River Thames between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe.

Designed by reFrorm Architects, the proposed bridge would have a central span of 184m with ramps rising from each bank. Plans include building two 5m-wide decks  for separate routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

Nik Randall of reForm Architects, said: “Our work has demonstrated that whilst other opening bridge types present problems for this location, it is possible to design a bridge that meets these challenges with an elegant, welcoming and unique structure. 

“Our design [will respond to the significance of its setting], creating an internationally recognisable landmark. Its unique and elegant form and operation will become an attraction for visitors. It will enhance the views along and across the Thames, providing scale and interest in the way that the ships on the river itself do.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted he “loves the scheme”.

The architects are now looking for private investors for their project.


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  • Anonymous

    Scrap the ridiculous Garden Bridge trophy project and use the money to get on and build this important link instead.

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  • Think we could/should have both, as long as ZERO public money is spent on the garden bridge, since it is largely a whimsical rather than practical addition, which no doubt will become mega-liked (love that modernism!) in years to come (as the Eiffel Tower and the Pompidou centre both did!) Whereas this proposal is a definite YES for public and private money well spent. But having said that, your title is somewhat misleading- 'London to get a new bridge'. At the moment, though gaining much public support, (see the opinions in the Guardian comments) it is an Architects plan which they are putting forward for investors funding. With luck and considering the wealth in that part of the city, the importance will be realised by 'big business' on the North bank of having access to a supply of labour from the less expensive housing on the South bank, with an easy walking/cycling commute attracting the best of the young talent. Crowd-funding maybe?

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