Pic: Heatherwick Studio


The controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames after the Mayor of London Boris Johnson approved the scheme.. Work could start next year.

The £150 million structure — designed by Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the London Olympics cauldron — will span the river between Temple and the South Bank.

The bridge had already received approval from Lambeth and Westminster Councils on each side of the river.

River Thames News previousuly reported that not everyone is in favour. Pressure group Thames Central Open Space (TCOS) has said the project should be scrapped.

A spokesman said: “The thousands of local residents, many in social housing, will have their lives blighted. One of Europe’s great promenades and riverscapes will be lost forever – for a luvvies’ folly which provides less than half a football pitch of green open space. We look forward to a legal challenge.”

But actress Joanna Lumley who conceived the project told the Evening Standard: “It will help to enhance the quality of life in London for both local communities and visitors alike and is a project the UK can be proud of.”


It has been revealed there will be no public right of way over the bridge, that it will sometimes be closed for private functions and groups of eight or more people will need permission to cross in case of demonstrations.

The pedestrian bridge will feature a figure of eight of curving, paved pathways linking five separate gardens displaying plants from Britain and northern Europe.

The 1,214ft structure will contain 270 trees representing 45 species, as well as shrubs, climbing plants, hedges and flowers.

Sections of the bridge, which would be more than 90ft wide in places, would include marshland, ornamental gardens, wild glades, fruit trees, evergreens,  clifftop plants and pines.

The bridge would be open from 6am until midnight and use will be free. An estimated seven million people will visit each year. It will be patrolled by wardens whose duties will include preventing cycling on it.

Construction could begin within a year if funding can be raised. So far more than £90 million has been pledged by the Government, Transport for London and private donors. The bridge could open to the public in 2018.

Link to planning application