Exciting New Bridge Proposal for London, Jubilee Footbridge – One World Design
If you ask a Londoner which part of the city they are from, it is likely they may refer to any one of the compass points as they all represent recognised areas of the city, with characteristics well known to others. But truly speaking, London is a city divided north and south, by the Thames. For so many years it was the lifeline for the city, now it stands as a landmark attraction, a river any city would be proud of. As a pedestrian however, crossing the river can often prove a more than difficult task, which is why this new footbridge proposal from architects One World Design really excites me. Anyone visiting the city will be aware of the highly successful Thames Walk and the Millenium Bridge, and we certainly agree with practice director Chris Medland that the time is right for London to add a new crossing.
With the proposal outlined, the practice have sought and received significant support from local government, “We presented our proposal a month ago to select group of planners and politicians and have secured support from Jane Ellison MP, Jane Cooper (Mayor of Wandsworth), planners from LB Wandsworth and LB Hammersmith and Fulham along with Richard Tracey from the GLA. We are meeting with TfL in a few weeks and have submitted pre-applications to the Port of London Authority and the EA. Greg Hands MP has been appraised of the opportunity by Jane Ellison and we are due to meet with him after parliaments recess”.
We intend to submit a full planning application by the end of May and we are hoping that this bridge will be a fitting celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The Queen will be boarding the flotilla at Chelsea Harbour and we intend to achieve planning permission prior to June so that is can be announced as a legacy project before the celebrations.
We have taken the scheme to this point without a client, with assistance and structural advice from Expedition Engineering and specialist marine engineers Beckett Rankine. Gleeds are undertaking a cost plan – essentially we have called on favours from friends. We are now at a point however where there is substantial growing public and political support for this bridge and the stakes are being raised.
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