Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge

Location: London, United Kingdom

Client: The London Borough of Wandsworth

Program: Pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Thames

Size: 250 m pedestrian and cycle bridge

Status: Competition in 2015

Collaborators: Arup, Cove5

Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Thomas Krarup, Mads Birgens Kristensen, Eik Bjerregaard, Hiroshi Kato, Steffen Ommundsen, Joachim Makholm Michelsen, Andy Minchev

The vision for this project is to create a bridge that is more than an instrument for moving people across the River Thames. Combining two urban parks, one on each side, the bridge creates a series of vibrant public urban spaces like beads on a string. Spaces for pauses, for waiting, for observing life, for pockets where city life can unfold. The design concept consists of frames interconnected in a series of white horizontal links giving the bridge the appearance of bare Elm branches. On each side of the bridge, a wooden deck is placed within these frames, creating a 200 meters long bench that separates flows of pedestrians and bicyclists. The bridge’s height and significant location gives an amazing view over the city, for all Londoners to enjoy. The bridge has two cantilevered amphitheaters, one pressed slightly down, the other slightly up, allowing for various views onto the city.