London’s bicycle bridge revealed

Designs for a sleek new bicycle and pedestrian only bridge across the River Thames in London have been revealed.

Four proposals for the innovative bridge, which could link Pimlico with Nine Elms in South West London, have been shortlisted from 74 entries which were submitted in March.

The design instructions specified that it must be tall enough for boats to pass below and not too steep for pedestrians and cyclists to climb.

The entries currently in the running feature snaking spiral walkways, tall suspension towers and modern, minimalist looks.

The teams in the running to win the competition are British firm Buro Happold, Danish company Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering (pictured), and Ove Arup & Partners, which has two designs on the shortlist.

The leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, called the designs “very exciting and quite spectacular” said that they “have given us real hope that a solution can be found to the complex challenges involved in creating  new pedestrian and cycle link across this stretch of the river.”