London is one step closer to getting a garden bridge after Lambeth Borough Council gave the project the go-ahead.
The £175 million bridge, which has been championed by actress Joanna Lumley, will stretch across the Thames from Temple and the South Bank. It is going to be 1,214ft long and was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, who also created the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony cauldron.
The next stage in the process is approval from Westminster City Council but those taking the lead of the project are positive it will begin in December 2015.
Speaking about the bridge to The Evening Standard, Joanna said: “I’m grateful that Lambeth council has seen the potential of this stunning new public garden and crossing. The bridge is a fantastic example of innovative thinking. It will help to enhance the quality of life in London for both local communities and visitors alike and is a project the UK can be proud of.”
The Garden Bridge Trust, a UK-based registered charity, has been set up to co-ordinate the planning and building of the bridge. More than £110 million has been promised to the trust by the government, Transport for London and private donors.
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