Garden Bridge approved by Boris Johnson's office

Mayor of London Boris Johnson's office has given approval for the London Garden Bridge to go ahead.

Construction could begin on the bridge next year
Construction could begin on the bridge next year
Construction could now begin next year after deputy mayor for planning Sir Edward Lister decided that he was happy for the decision to rest with the two planning authorities on either side of the bridge, Westminster and Lambeth, which have both given consent.

It’s estimated the £175 million Thomas Heatherwick-designed bridge, with engineering and hard landscaping by Arup and planting design by Dan Pearson will attract seven million trips per year.

Deputy mayor for planning Sir Edward Lister said: "Having reviewed this application thoroughly, I am happy for Westminster City council and Lambeth council to determine the applications for the Garden Bridge themselves. 

"We have worked hard with both local authorities and the Garden Bridge Trust to ensure that the bridge is of the very highest standard of design while remaining fully accessible to those who work, live in and visit the city."
 
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "The Garden Bridge will provide a fantastic new landmark for London whilst supporting regeneration and economic growth on both sides of the Thames.

"It will create a stunning oasis of tranquillity in the heart of our city and boost our plans to encourage walking in the city."
 
The bridge will include a major new public space and garden that will be free to access and will feature 270 trees as well as shrubs, climbing plants, hedges and flowers. It will be fully accessible, with two lifts at each end and will be open from 6am to midnight. It will be free of charge.

Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust Lord Mervyn Davies said: "Today’s decision is fantastic news. As well as being London’s newest and most imaginative green space, the Garden Bridge also brings wider benefits, such as reducing pedestrian journey times, creating a new route that avoids busy roads and providing jobs in construction and operations.

"There will also be dedicated education and volunteering opportunities. We are now looking forward to working with people to create a footbridge which adds to the capital's rich and diverse cultural heritage, to become a celebrated part of London's landscape."
 
Transport for London and the Treasury have both committed £30m each with the remainder of the cost made up of private donations. The construction contract is estimated at around £90m with the total project cost estimated at up to £175m.

 


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