One thing London isn’t short of is bridges, but like any city built either side of a river, there always seems to be room for just one more.
That is the hope of a company called One World Design who are seeking to build the Jubilee Footbridge linking Battersea and Chelsea Harbour next to the place where the Queen boarded the Thames Flotilla at the beginning of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
Despite its name, the bridge will carry foot and cycle traffic but isn’t a new idea. According to the architects, the idea was first proposed back in 1924 but it may be finally a step closer as long as planning permission can be granted.
Judging by the pictures of the proposed bridge, this might not be quite as iconic as say Tower Bridge, although one has to wonder if that would get planning permission these days. It does however look more akin to the London Millennium Bridge although hopefully this bridge will avoid the resonance problems which caused the Millennium Bridge to be nicknamed the “Wobbly Bridge”.
We should find out early in 2013 whether the bridge has been accepted by Wandsworth Council, and then the designers need to find a sponsor to name the bridge. Full details can be found on the One World Design – Jubilee Bridge web page.