Wandsworth Council has revealed the four design teams to have made it through to the second stage of the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge competition.
The high profile contest had attracted 74 entries with each team submitting a rival proposal for a new pedestrian and cycle link across the Thames.
Four schemes have been shortlisted and invited to take part in the next stage of the competition. Their authors are:
Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting
The finalists were unanimously selected by the competition’s jury panel which includes Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, Lambeth councillor Joanne Simpson, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and chair of Cabe at Design Council Pam Alexander.
In coming to their decision the panel considered feedback from more than 1,000 people who responded to the stage one public exhibitions, as well as detailed technical assessments for each proposal.
The next stage of the competition will see the shortlisted teams develop their initial ideas into detailed designs.
Wandsworth Council expects to announce the winning team in late autumn this year. A new bridge would require planning permission before it could be built.
Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “I want to thank the jury panel and all of the designers who took part and made this such an exciting process. The quality of the submissions went beyond our best expectations and the interest this competition has generated across London has been tremendous. Congratulations to our shortlisted teams and I look forward to seeing their initial ideas developed further. The devil will be in the detail and the next stage will show us whether these four highly skilled and innovative design teams can meet the complex challenges this project presents.”
A TfL transport study confirms the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge has a strong business case and would provide another valuable route through central London to support the shift towards zero emission, sustainable travel options.
A £26million contribution is already identified from the development of Nine Elms and the new design would be used to lever-in further funding. The scheme has the support of the Mayor of London.
The bridge is part of the infrastructure package needed to support growth in Nine Elms and Vauxhall where tens of thousand of new jobs and homes are now being created alongside billions in growth and tax receipts.
The competition is being run by Colander and follows OJEU public sector procurement processes so the successful design team can be appointed to the project.
Find out more at http://www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk
Source: Wandsworth Council's press release