Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, London


Image Credit: COWI, Bystrup Architecture

Project Data:


Wandsworth Borough Council


River Thames, Wandsworth to Westminster

Service Dates:

2015 - 2019


Preliminary design

Design Team:

COWI (Flint & Neill), Bystrup Architecture, Robin Snell and Partners (architecture), AECOM (environment, traffic, cost), Beckett Rankine (marine)

Project Description:

A new crossing is proposed between Wandsworth and Westminster, linking the huge new development area of Nine Elms between Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall bridge on the south side with Pimlico and Victoria to the north. The 300m long bridge will carry cyclists and pedestrians over the Thames, with a particular focus on developing safer, cleaner cycling routes through London and the West End.

The project was the winning entry in an international competition held in 2015. The cable stayed span has a sinuous, curved plan form over the navigation channel, with integral circular approach ramps curling round a slender steel mast at each end. This arrangement creates a smooth, fluid and elegant cycling route, with changing views up and down the river as users cross over.

The scheme currently awaits planning approval before proceeding to detailed design.

Note: The design of this project was carried out while working with COWI (previously Flint & Neill) and it is illustrated here with permission.