The London borough of Wandsworth has received more than 70 original submissions in its response to a call for design proposals for a planned £40 million new bridge that will connect the Pimlico area to the north of the Thames with Nine Elms to the south. 

The aim is to build: "not only a functional bridge, but a beautiful bridge," says Wandsworth council's leader, Ravi Govindia. "It should be a genuine link between time and space that is both a marker and a wayfinder."

Many of the designs possess an ultra modern aesthetic and include features such as a river wide waterfall, swirling ribbon like structures, minimalist planks and a grid frame design among others. All of the designs cater for separate bike and pedestrian lanes, in keeping with London mayor Boris Johnson's cycling ambitions for the UK capital. 

The local council's plans are not entirely supported by Westminster whose position on the matter has been summed up: "Our officers have, and continue to express strongly the council's opposition to the proposed bridge," says Westminster's Heather Acton, "on the grounds of its visual and environmental impact including the impact that a new bridge would have at a landing site in Westminster, on traffic flows, pedestrian movement and on residential amenity." 

Architects Unveil Ambitious Designs for New London Bridge

Architects Unveil Ambitious Designs for New London Bridge

Architects Unveil Ambitious Designs for New London Bridge

Architects Unveil Ambitious Designs for New London Bridge

Architects Unveil Ambitious Designs for New London Bridge