Heatherwick Studio presented “Garden-Bridge” project in London on the river Thames.
In early 2013, Following Transport for London’s (TFL) has announced a tender for the project, a pedestrian bridge on the River Thames. With an actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley, architect Thomas Heatherwick has developed an idea of a bridge on the Thames with a scheme to connect North and South London with a garden. “Garden Bridge” as authors call it, is a wonderful piece of landscape architecture , it will give London another beautiful recreation zone. This bridge will be a place where rarest plant species will be planted.
Thomas Heatherwick also owns the design of new London red buses and lots of famous projects in England and abroad as well.
“London is where it is because of the river Thames. But over many years the human experience of this amazing piece of nature has been marginalized by successive transport moves,” – said Heatherwick,
“There is now an opportunity to connect London together better, to give Londoners a huge improvement in the quality of pedestrian bridge crossing in this area, to allow us all to get closer to the river and at the same time to stimulate new regeneration possibilities at both ends where it lands,” he added.
With a structure that widens and narrows across its span, the elevated garden will not only be a safe and easy way for London’s commuters and visitors to cross the river, it will also make this place pleasant for pedestrians to stop and enjoy the remarkable river setting and unparalleled views of the city better. The addition of careful planting with variety in scale, openness and intimacy will create a new kind of public space in the city.
“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 city scapes all around; but it will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames,” -says Lumley.
The 367 meter bridge will feature two fluted piers, supporting a promenade that splits into two and is interspersed with benches and indigenous plants.
Organization named “The Garden Bridge Trust” has been created to drive forward the project and organize fundraising. It is chaired by Mervyn Davies, the former government minister.
“This is the first major milestone for the project and marks a very clear intent to create a new landmark for London, the scheme has been shaped and developed into a proposal that will contribute significantly to the future of London’s development and we are committed to ensuring The Garden Bridge will be something that London can be proud of.” –said Davies.
Building Process will start in 2015.
And finally: Why is this project important, valuable and a perfect example?
The answer is simple:
This bridge is a clear example of taking care of the town and humans: In the 21st century, where technology is evolving with lightning speed, where harmful emissions and the new viral diseases are everywhere, to see this project is so good and welcoming.
Everyone should take an example, from the big cities to the small towns, which maybe are even well-groomed. Supporting the development of nature must be our main concern.
Nature is what makes our lives better and plants provide our healthy future! This project is amazing not because of plants, this is also looking after people, here priority is given to pedestrians not machines!
Author : Nanuka Zaalishvili
English edit: Nutsa Namoradze