Posted: 03.12.14

Garden Bridge approved on both sides of the Thames

The Garden Bridge has received overwhelming support from the public, and has now been approved by both Lambeth and Westminster Councils. Speaking as Westminster City Council last night granted its approval, Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader and Chairman

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The Garden Bridge has received overwhelming support from the public, and has now been approved by both Lambeth and Westminster Councils.

Speaking as Westminster City Council last night granted its approval, Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Planning Committee, said, “This is something that is iconic and absolutely unique, and will be recognised right across the world.”

The Garden Bridge, which will be free and open to all, will not only offer a new public garden, but provide a vital crossing to link the cultural centres and attractions on the North and South Banks. The bridge, the first of its kind in the UK, will also provide new and beautiful views up and down the river.

The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity overseeing completion of the Garden Bridge, has also confirmed that three contractors have been shortlisted for the next stage of procurement, which is taking place in mid-December.

Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, said: “I am delighted that both Lambeth Council and now Westminster City Council have shown their support for the Garden Bridge and approved our plans. This iconic new project will create a new green space in the centre of London and will be enjoyed by all.”

The Trust anticipates construction of the Bridge will commence in late 2015, with the Bridge planned to open to the public in 2018.