A garden-topped bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick could span the River Thames by 2017, creating a new green park for London. The project’s engineering consultants at Arup just unveiled exciting new images of the design as the Garden Bridge Trust begins public consultation, supported by Transport for London (TfL).
The 367-meter bridge features two fluted pillars that support a split promenade between Temple Station and Southbank. Walkers will be able to enjoy a beautiful green environment made up of indigenous trees, shrubs and smaller plant species, stroll under the leaves and relax on benches next to the path.
Tristram Carfrae, Project Director at Arup said of the project: “The idea is simple; we’re trying to create a bridge that looks beautiful, is durable, is efficient to construct and will support a garden spanning the River Thames. This is not an easy feat and we’re working closely with Heatherwick Studio to ensure that the design and engineering work seamlessly together to create an ingenious result.”
The Garden Bridge Trust has been created to drive the project forward and organize fundraising in advance of a planning application in 2014. Heatherwick Studio is famous for its redesign of London’s Routemaster buses, and it worked with actor-turned-campaigner Joanna Lumley and landscape designer Dan Pearson to respond to Transport for London’s (TfL) tender for proposals to improve pedestrian links across the river.