The Garden Bridge Trust Guest Consultation

Closed 20 Dec 2013

Opened 1 Nov 2013


The Garden Bridge Trust is a new charity, established to promote and seek funding to build and maintain a new footbridge spanning the Thames linking South Bank to Temple. The ‘Garden Bridge’, designed by Heatherwick Studio, Dan Pearson Studio and Arup, will create a major new public space and garden in central London.

The project will only proceed if the Trust is able to raise sufficient funding to build the new bridge and maintain it in the future.

About this consultation

The Garden Bridge Trust would like to hear your views about the proposed Garden Bridge, a new footbridge and public garden in central London that crosses the River Thames connecting Temple with the South Bank. Your feedback on the designs and plans at this early stage will help the Trust develop the Garden Bridge before the plans are finalised.

We have set out below a number of artist’s impressions, maps and other images to highlight what the Garden Bridge will look like once it has been built and the planting has matured. This page also attempts to address some of the initial questions you may have in mind.

Transport for London (TfL) is helping the Trust to develop the project by hosting the consultation on their website and helping to secure the permissions required to build the Garden Bridge.

At the bottom of this screen you will find a link to an online survey.  We would like you to look over the current plans before letting us know what you think.

What is the Garden Bridge?

The Garden Bridge will be a new public garden planted on a bridge that will link the South Bank to Temple station and the Strand. The structure will widen and narrow across its span to create a dynamic crossing experience for London’s pedestrians. This new footbridge will create a unique place and an alternative public pedestrian route away from vehicles. A tranquil garden will weave the city together with trees, flowers and plants laid out in a series of five habitats and landscape characters. The Garden Bridge will integrate a new kind of public space into the fabric of the city, adding to London’s rich and diverse horticultural heritage of heathlands, parks, squares and community gardens.

The Garden Bridge will create new perspectives of the London skyline that are unavailable anywhere else and will be a major new visitor attraction for London. It will be a landmark on the South Bank and North Bank, supporting the development of the surrounding area. This iconic bridge will regenerate these areas, creating new jobs, contributing to the city’s economy and reinforcing London’s status as a ‘world city’.

The bridge will create new pedestrian links, for example between Temple Station, the cultural centres in the Covent Garden area and the South Bank. In providing a link to and from the South Bank, the Garden Bridge will also help to revitalise the area around Temple and Aldwych and help open up areas such as the Middle and Inner Temple and the Victoria Embankment to residents and visitors alike.

The bridge will provide an attractive new walking route for people living and working in London and help encourage an increase in walking from places like Waterloo Station to Fleet Street. The bridge will improve the capital’s pedestrian network and increase footfall in an underused central area, whilst also enriching the city’s ecological diversity and capturing the public’s imagination.

This map shows where the Bridge will be built:

What will the Garden Bridge look like?

It will be a seasonal garden with mature trees, shrubs, grasslands and perennial plants. This garden will sit on a bridge structure, warm and natural in colour and designed to reflect the surrounding buildings and complement the other bridges nearby. Two potential materials for the exterior structure of the bridge include a bronze-like metal (a copper-nickel alloy) or a reconstituted stone with a warm colouring and texture.

The image below is an artist’s impression, showing how the Garden Bridge might appear once the planting has fully matured, looking east from Waterloo Bridge.

The Garden Bridge would be planted with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers, carefully chosen to thrive in this environment. The planting project will be designed to reflect a number of different characteristics of the natural world, so that a pedestrian crossing the bridge would walk through an ever-changing garden over the Thames. There will be opportunities for people to sit and enjoy the space as a garden or walk through as part of a wider journey.

The image below is another artist’s impression, showing the full length of the Garden Bridge once the planting has matured:

The drawings below show the entire length of the bridge both in profile and from overhead, showing the planting once matured.


How will I access the Garden Bridge?

The northern end of the bridge will be at Temple Underground station on the District and Circle lines, and within a few minutes’ walk of the Covent Garden, Strand and Fleet Street areas. The southern end of the Bridge will be on The Queen’s Walk, part of the popular Thames Path between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.

The bridge has been designed to be accessible with lifts and stairs at each landing. The north landing point will be accessed via a ramp from Temple Place and a lift from Temple London Underground station roof to the bridge deck.

The images below show how pedestrians will access the bridge from each bank and what changes to the existing carriageway might be necessary to facilitate this.  

This image shows the current carriageway layout in the Temple Place area, nearby Temple station:

This image highlights how pedestrians will access the bridge and indicates those changes we believe will be necessary to accommodate the new bridge and ensure pedestrians can access it easily:


This artist’s impression shows a view of the new bridge looking south from Arundel Street:

On the South Bank, we propose that a new single-storey structure will be built alongside The Queen’s Walk. This would provide access to The Bridge and create a new space for visitors and the opportunity to link in with surrounding developments. It may be necessary to remove some trees to make way for the new structure, although our plans are at a very early stage and we need to discuss this with the relevant local authorities and landowners.

This image shows the current footway layout on the South Bank:


This image shows the new structure that would be built to support the Bridge, and the changes required to The Queen’s Walk:


This artist's impression shows how pedestrians will access the bridge from the South Bank:

We believe that some minor changes to the areas surrounding each of the bridge landings would be necessary to facilitate access to the new bridge. We propose making Temple Place a shared surface. There is a cab shelter and taxi rank here and we are considering options for these. Our plans are at a very early stage however and we will need to discuss them in more detail with the relevant local authorities and landowners before being finalised.

How will the Garden Bridge be built?

The proposals for the bridge are at an early stage of development, although we have put some thought into how the bridge might be built. We believe that the majority of the construction would take place from the river, although some work sites will also be required on each bank. As plans for constructing the bridge are developed, we will make every effort to ensure these minimise any disruption construction could cause to the surrounding area.

Questions about the Garden Bridge?

We have considered what issues you might want to bear in mind when considering the Garden Bridge scheme.  We have set out a ‘Questions & Answers’ document with our responses to these questions.  Download this here

If you would like to find out more about the Garden Bridge, you might find one of our roadshows useful.  Staff involved in the Garden Bridge project will be available to answer any questions you might have.  These are being held as follows:

Somerset House

Strand, London WC2R 1LA

East Wing, Friday 15 November, 12.00 – 19.00

East Wing, Saturday 16 November, 10.00 – 16.00

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre

108 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH

Doreen Ramsay Room, Thursday 21 November, 12.00 – 19.00

Neighbourhood Room, Saturday 23 November, 10.00 – 16.00

Please give us your views by completing our online consultation form below by Wednesday 20 December 2013.


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