Back in June we published the Garden Bridge project by Thomas Heatherwick Studio in collaboration with Dan Pearson Studio and ARUP. Recently, the public consultation process was initiated with new images and an online survey allowing for public to give feedback on the designs and plans in these early stages to assist the newly established Garden Bridge Trust in developing their plans.
The Garden Bridge Trust is a new charity, established to promote and seek funding to build and maintain a new footbridge spanning the Thames linking South Bank to Temple.
The Garden Bridge will be a new public garden planted on a bridge that will link the South Bank to Temple station and the Strand. The structure will widen and narrow across its span to create a dynamic crossing experience for London’s pedestrians. This new footbridge will create a unique place and an alternative public pedestrian route away from vehicles.
The Garden Bridge will create new perspectives of the London skyline that are unavailable anywhere else and will be a major new visitor attraction for London. It will be a landmark on the South Bank and North Bank, supporting the development of the surrounding area. This iconic bridge will regenerate these areas, creating new jobs, contributing to the city’s economy and reinforcing London’s status as a ‘world city’.
The bridge will create new pedestrian links, for example between Temple Station, the cultural centres in the Covent Garden area and the South Bank. In providing a link to and from the South Bank, the Garden Bridge will also help to revitalise the area around Temple and Aldwych and help open up areas such as the Inner Temple and the Victoria Embankment to residents and visitors alike.
The Garden Bridge would be planted with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers, carefully chosen to thrive in this environment. The planting project will be designed to reflect a number of different characteristics of the natural world, so that a pedestrian crossing the bridge would walk through an ever-changing garden over the Thames. There will be opportunities for people to sit and enjoy the space as a garden or walk through as part of a wider journey.
Consultation is Open Runs from 1 Nov 2013 to 20 Dec 2013
IMAGES | Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust