An elegant footbridge design by Bystrup has been chosen to span the River Thames at Pimlico. Wandsworth Council has nominated the Copenhagen-based firm to create a pedestrian and cycle bridge between Pimlico and Nine Elms in Battersea. Bystrup beat off competition from 74 practices including Amanda Levete, Marks Barfield and Hopkins.
Bystrup’s design was selected by a panels of judges that included Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, who commented “We felt that Bystrup and their partners had the most compelling approach to the challenges posed in our brief. Their strategy is elegant and simple, they aspire to celebrate the river and create a thing of real beauty which is what this bridge should be.” The Bystrup-led team includes London architecture studio Robin Snell & Partners.
Like the much debated Garden Bridge downstream, this plan has attracted controversy, with protests from Local residents on the Pimlico side who say the crossing will bring 18,000 extra commuters a day into their residential area and detract from public space in the park where the structure may land.
Planning will need to be approved by both Wandsworth and Westminster Council. Wandsworth authorities have allocated £26 million towards construction from the Nine Elms development. Further funding options must now be identified while a detailed design is developed. The project is expected to cost £40 million.