The Terry Farrell masterplan proposes a new cycle and pedestrian bridge connecting the US Embassy to Pimlico, and a feasibility study carried out by Transport for London (TFL) investigated four alternative bridge location options (Fig 1) to assess their relative merits.
PLACE LOGIC was used to test the impact of the four TFL bridge location options connecting the Nine Elms development and Pimlico, to identify which option:
- Promotes high levels of connectivity between Nine Elms and Pimlico
- Re-connects the Battersea Power Station and US Embassy sites to the River Thames
- Enhances the pedestrian public realm strategy
The Place Connectivity analysis shows that:
Fig 2 Existing bridge provision:
- Does not optimise commercial activity at the US Embassy site.
- Does not promote pedestrian movement across the Thames to Pimlico or integration of Nine Elms with Central London.
Fig 3 Proposed new bridge location:
- Improves connectivity to Pimlico indicating potential for future urban growth between the Nine Elms and Victoria opportunity areas.
- Creates a new urban centre at the Battersea Power Station site with potential for greater commercial activity there.