8 Facts About London's Floating Paradise, Garden Bridge
The plans of building the Garden Bridge in the heart of London have recently been in the news for the huge investments being made in this project. The project was allocated £60 million of public funds, of which £37.7 million has already been spent in the planning stage itself.
Proposed to be built across the River Thames, the project was conceived by actress Joanna Lumley in 1998 as a memorial for the Princess of Wales, Diana. The highlight of this project is that it is a bridge which once completed will house many trees and plants.
Makaaniq lists some interesting facts about this upcoming project:
- The bridge is designed by Thomas Heatherwick, an acclaimed designer and founder of Heatherwick Studio, while the garden is designed by Dan Pearson, a renowned landscape designer. The principal engineer of the project is Arup, a company founded in London in 1946.
- The bridge, 367-metre long, will be constructed between the widest point (30 metres) across the river. It will stretch from Temple Underground Station on the Northbank to the South Bank. It will stand between the Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.
- Once constructed, it will be open to public from 6 am up to midnight. It will be closed for 12 days in a year for private events.
- The garden will feature greens, shrubs and flowers indigenous to the United Kingdom and North Europe.
- The garden is envisioned to tell a story of the cultural heritage of the city of London. The greens added to the bridge will also be placed accordingly. While the South Bank side of the bridge will feature plants, including willow, birch, alder, geranium, violet and primrose showcasing its marshland history, the north end will be more ornamental gardening, featuring wisteria, magnolia, roses, alliums, irises and summer snowflakes, inspired by the gardens on that side of the city.
- The bridge will stand on a copper-nickel structure.
- The project, the first design of which was submitted by the Transport of London in January 2013, is expected to open to public in 2018. The construction is likely to begin soon.
- In 2014, the estimated cost of the project rose to £175 million.