Paul Cocksedge Studio’s design proposal for the Nine Elms and Pimlico Bridge focused on four important design aspects that we felt were crucial to the bridge’s success:
A Lightweight structure: the visual impact of the bridge should be characterized by lightness and grace and be constructed using materials and techniques that minimize and harmonize its structural presence on the river and both banks.
No pillars in the river: by placing the bridge’s supporting pillars on the banks, we create a bridge whose crossing stretches across the river in its entirety, uninterrupted by any vertical structures.
No dismounting off bike: there should be easy, continuous movement from end to end, or the essential purpose of the bridge will be lost.
Separating the lanes: our design separates not only pedestrians and cyclists, but also cyclists from cyclists in opposite directions in order to achieve safe and calm traffic, and accommodate different speeds and rhythms of cross-traffic.