TOPPED with a wide variety of flora set against a network of walkways, a radical new project looks set to become London’s greenest pedestrian link between the North and South banks of the Thames.
Originally proposed by actress and human rights activist Joanna Lumley in the late 1990s, the ‘Garden Bridge’ now has a design by Thomas Heatherwick, who also created the Olympic Cauldron, and £30 million of government funding which has been matched by Transport for London.
Spanning a 1,204 foot section of the Thames parallel to Waterloo Bridge, the Garden Bridge will house grasses, trees, wild flowers, and plants, and is intended to act as an oasis of peace and tranquility in the capital’s busy centre, as well as a means of traversing the river between the Temple district and the South Bank.
Planning permission is expected to be granted in May, with work commencing next year on an estimated two-year build.
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