Three London borough councils are co-ordinating efforts to finally deliver architect one-world design’s long-awaited Cremorne Bridge at Battersea
Night view from Wandsworth Bridge
According to the AJ’s sister title NCE
, Wandsworth Council, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Kensington and Chelsea Council have reached a joint agreement to lobby for funding to bring forward the River Thames crossing.
Formerly marketed as the Diamond Jubilee Bridge, planning consents for the cycling and pedestrian crossing have been in place since 2013, two-thirds of the bridge’s £32 million cost has already been secured and foundations are already in place on one side of the River Thames.
However, efforts to secure the remaining funding have up until now fallen short. Most recently, the proposed Cremorne cycling and pedestrian bridge in West London was snubbed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan when he submitted a list of ‘shovel-ready’ projects to government in 2020
A Statement of Common Ground issued between Wandsworth Council and Transport for London (TfL) reveals that the three councils now plan to submit joint bids through various funding streams.
The statement adds that this includes bidding for ‘TfL funding packages’ as well as submitting proposals to TfL’s Local Implementation Plans, which was established for council’s to meet the objectives of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.
The councils will also look to secure funding through the Community Infrastructure Levy scheme which allows local authorities to raise cash by implementing a levy on new development in their area.
The bridge was designed by one-world design architects with structural engineers Expedition Engineering and maritime engineers Beckett Rankine.
One-world design director Chris Medland told the AJ: ‘It’s been a decade since we set out on this endeavour. Building a bridge across the Thames was always going to be a challenge, and from our pro-bono local small practice starting point many would say impossible.
‘However, the team has managed to go further than any other contemporaneous Thames bridge project and have done so without spending a penny of public money.’
Medland claims that, with funding, the bridge can be delivered within 18 months, depending on timings of the necessary river works to avoid the fish spawning season.
He added: ‘Despite the political wading through treacle and the current economic woes we still believe that this bridge will be completed; the question is, when?’
Wandsworth Council first commissioned a study of the bridge in 2012. Carried out by SKM Colin Buchanan that review concluded that the bridge was ‘high value for money’.
A 2016 review by TfL was carried out by Mott MacDonald and the crossing was included in the TfL Transport Plan the following year.
Piles are already in the ground on the Battersea side of the river and were put in place by developer Barratt London during construction of a riverside housing development.
Once funded, it is estimated the project will be delivered within 18 months at a cost of £32 million – an increase of £10 million from the £22 million budget of a decade ago.
Wandsworth Council has ring-fenced £18 million in funding from the community infrastructure levy (a landowner tax) for the construction of the bridge.
The latest visuals of the proposed Cremorne footbridge by One-World Design - now costed at £32 million (November 2022)
Story from: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/new ... idge?tkn=1