The Garden Bridge across the Thames in London
The British plan to build a revolutionary Garden Bridge across the Thames in London, with fruit trees, wild flowers and plants from specific fluvial habitat.
Joanna Lumley’s dream of a "green bridge" to unite the Northern and Southern London is close to becoming reality, after the British Government announced a contribution of 30 million pounds to support this project.
The Garden Bridge across the Thames in London is, as its name suggests, a garden-like bridge, which will cost around 150 million pounds to be built – about half of the money being raised from private donations.
Transport for London, which coordinates the public transport within the British capital, will provide four million pounds for the development of this project.
The main purpose of the project does not seem to have anything to do with relieving the traffic, because The Garden Bridge across the Thames in London will be strictly pedestrian, and the place chosen for building lies between the other two bridges over the Thames: Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriar’s Bridge.
The Garden Bridge Trust, an organization whose purpose is to supervise the project, has been assembled on November 1st. Lord Mervyn Davies has been appointed President, and horticulturist Dan Pearson has been assigned to handle the vegetation that will nurture upon the future bridge.
The architect who will design The Garden Bridge across the Thames in London is Thomas Heatherwick, who conducted the New Bus for London, a line of multiple-level buses, and also the structure that held the flame at the Olympic games in 2012.
"The garden will be extraordinary in every aspect: a place without noise or traffic, where the only sound you’ll hear will be the birds singing, the bees buzzing, the wind passing through the branches or the water flowing below the bridge”, says Lumley.
"It will probably be the slowest way to cross the River Thames, because people will stop to admire the vegetation and the urban landscape. At the same time it will be a safe and convenient alternative to cross the Thames for travellers", she claims.
The Garden Bridge in London will have a total length of 350 meters and a maximum width of 30 meters. Although not all authorizations have been obtained yet, project developers hope to complete structure by 2017.