Heatherwick Studios has unveiled plans to build a garden bridge across the Thames, connecting Temple and Southgate, after winning a Transport for London tender to improve pedestrian access across the river.
Actor Joanna Lumley, who has campaigned for such a project for several years, says:
“This garden will be sensational in every way: a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water. It will be the slowest way to cross the river, as people will dawdle and lean on parapets and stare at the great cityscapes all around; but it will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames. There will be grasses, trees, wild flowers, and plants, unique to London’s natural riverside habitat. And there will be blossom in the spring and even a Christmas tree in mid-winter. I believe it will bring to Londoners and visitors alike peace and beauty and magic.”
Full plans are being finalised but the project will need funding to the tune of £60m to become a reality.