Garden Bridge Trust

27.11.13


A new trust, dedicated to driving forward ambitious plans to build the country’s first ever garden bridge has been announced.

The Garden Bridge, inspired by Joanna Lumley and designed by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic cauldron designer, Thomas Heatherwick, will be a major pedestrian crossing above the River Thames and a stunning new public space for London.

The Garden Bridge Trust, chaired by Lord Mervyn Davies, will oversee the creation of the Bridge that would provide a vital connection and new route between South Bank and Temple station – creating a direct link between vibrant South Bank and Covent Garden and Soho on the north bank.

The Garden Bridge, which was designed in conjunction with Arup, will be a garden designed by Dan Pearson featuring an abundance of plants, trees and shrubs indigenous to the UK and London. Along with walkways, benches and plants that will change with the seasons, the bridge will provide a new route across the river and join an unresolved curve by linking South Bank with Aldwych, Covent Garden and the Strand.

As well as serving as an important new walkway, and landmark for the city, the Bridge will help to breathe new life into an area of the north bank that is currently undergoing a renaissance. Featuring shrubs, trees and plants, benches and intimate walkways – the Bridge will also become a major new green space for the city, like no other.

The project now moves a crucial step closer with the launch of the Trust and the opening of a public consultation, before seeking planning approval early next year. It is estimated that construction of the Bridge would begin in 2015, with its completion scheduled for the end of 2017.

Images courtesy of ARUP.