The Garden Bridge
Back in 2013, designer Thomas Heatherwick won a competition run by Transport for London with his proposal for a flora-laden walkway across the River Thames between the South Bank and Temple Station. According to his design, pedestrians will meander through different sections of the 366 metre-long footbridge which will each represent the botanical history of the opposing banks. Willows and geraniums on the south side of the bridge will nod to South Bank’s marshland past and roses and magnolias will decorate the north side of the bridge to pay tribute to the ornamental gardens in Temple.
Despite controversy over funding, Westminster and Lambeth city councils have granted construction permission and the bridge is scheduled for completion in 2019. The Garden Bridge Trust hopes that it will become an environmental landmark that cements London’s status as the greenest capital in Europe, as well as offering a beautiful and healthier cross-river commute.