thomas heatherwick proposes garden bridge over thames thomas heatherwick proposes garden bridge over thames
jun 13, 2013

thomas heatherwick proposes garden bridge over thames

thomas heatherwick has designed a pedestrian bridge which is set to connect north and south london. his proposal has been selected by transport for london who called for submissions to explore the possibility of constructed a pedestrian crossing over the thames. heatherwick envisions a lush garden walkway that would be planted with grasses, trees and species of wild flowers. the studio has been working closely with actor and campaigner joanna lumley, who has pondering and advocating a similar idea for some time now.


lumley states: ‘it’s quite strange to talk of something that doesn’t exist yet, but the garden bridge is already vivid in the plans and the imagination. this garden will be sensational in every way: a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water. it will be the slowest way to cross the river, as people will dawdle and lean on parapets and stare at the great cityscapes all around; but it will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the thames. (…) I believe it will bring to londoners and visitors alike peace and beauty and magic.’

the bridge would provide a rich new public green space for the city
image courtesy of heatherwick studio (also main image)



dan pearson studios has been selected as the leading garden designer for the project. in an effort to create an architectural work that provides a more human means of crossing the thames and connecting to the cultural hub of the south bank, the bridge would be replete with woodland and flowers and change seasonally. the first river crossing over the thames since the millenium bridge, heatherwick’s scheme would provide a rich public green space to the city.

the project would provide a lush pedestrian walkway with access between the north and south london
image courtesy of heatherwick studio

night rendering of view from waterloo bridge
image courtesy of heatherwick studio



we have updated our original article published on june 13th, 2013 with these video features of BBC’s alan yentob engaging with thomas heatherwick about his architecture practice, and his green vision for the city of london:


1/2 the culture show – the unstoppable thomas heatherwick
video courtesy of taran333tula



2/2 the culture show – the unstoppable thomas heatherwick
video courtesy of taran333tula


  • nice idea but the Millenium pedestrian bridge ( ) connecting N and S shores of the Thames had a few problems –
    Quote “To mark the Millennium, a new footbridge has been built across the river Thames in London. It is a shallow suspension bridge linking St. Paul’s Cathedral on the north side of the river with the Tate Modern art gallery on the south side. The bridge is over 300 metres long with three spans, the longest being the centre span of 144 metres. To meet the designers’ artistic requirements, the bridge’s suspension cables sag only 2.3 metres, a fraction of the sag of a traditional suspension bridge of the same span. As a result, the cables carry a very high tension force for a bridge of this size, totalling some 2000 tonnes. When the bridge was opened in June 2000, it was found that the it swayed noticeably. With a large number of pedestrians on the bridge, its sideways movement was sufficient to cause people to stop walking and hold on to the hand-rails. Because there was danger of personal injury, it was decided to close the bridge after a few days for remedial work.” unquote – David E Newland, Department of Engineering – University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE CB2 1PZ, UK

    Hope they’ll have a security on the bridge too otherwise I can those plants and trees disappearing very quickly!

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