Government pledges 30m to Garden Bridge project

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Posted by APM on 19th Dec 2013

River ThamesThe Government has given its support to a new Garden Bridge across the Thames. It will provide 30m to help build the tree-lined crossing, which will link Temple tube station with the South Bank.

Paul Morrell, former chief construction adviser to the Government, has advised on the project proposals. He said: The vision behind the Garden Bridge is both simple and beautiful a garden gliding across the Thames in the centre of the city.

Joanna Lumley came up with the idea of a dual role bridge/garden 15 years ago. The bridge project is expected to be completed by 2017 at a total cost of 150m.

Commenting on the project management of the Garden Bridge, and the make-up of its core stakeholders, Paul added: No experienced project manager will be surprised to know that the more prosaic business of bringing that concept into being is both complex and challenging. The first of those challenges is that the charity that will develop and manage the bridge is itself a start-up, so the first line of the recipe reads first make your client."

Paul, who discussed APM's vision at a round table recently, went on to say: Even as the client establishes itself, over the hill come issues of fund-raising, real estate, statutory consents, river traffic, public engagement, the legacy position and much more besides and the little matter of designing and building the garden bridge itself.

All of this is in the hands of a committed team of Trustees, chaired by Lord Mervyn Davies, with a Project Delivery Board that I will chair, terrific support from Transport for London, and the services of a consultant team led by Arup and including two other world-class designers: Thomas Heatherwick for the overall design, and Dan Pearson for the landscaping and garden design.

The finished result will be a new attraction to London to match the High Line in New York; a new connection between the increasingly active North and South Banks of that part of the Thames; but above all a place of peace and contemplation for all the people of London. Who wouldnt want to be involved with that?

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