A new bridge could soon bring Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf closer together.
Plans to build a new cycle and pedestrian bridge across the Thames have taken a step forward after a feasibility study deemed such a bridge was possible.
The work, done by reForm Architects and Elliott Wood engineers with cost management advice from Arup, concluded the preferred location would be between Durand’s Wharf in Rotherhithe to the Impounding Lock in Canary Wharf .
A crossing over the River Thames in this location has been considered before but never to the level of detail contained within the new study, in which an animation has been created to show how such a bridge would maintain a safe route for boats using the River Thames.
To overcome the numerous technical challenges involved, the reForm team has developed a unique design that would have the largest span for an opening bascule bridge in the world.
It would be the first opening bridge to be built on the River Thames since Tower Bridge in 1894 and the first dedicated pedestrian and cycle bridge to cross the river.