In a first of its kind, The Garden Bridge will sit above the River Thames, giving commuters a beautiful green space between South Bank and Temple station.
Featuring shrubs, trees and plants and benches, the walkway will provide a vibrant green space for the up-and-coming area, connecting Convent Garden to Soho.
Inspired by actress Joanna Lumley, she said: “This garden will be sensational in every way; a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water. It will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames.
“There will be grasses, trees, wild flowers, and plants, unique to London’s natural riverside habitat. I believe it will bring to Londoners and visitors alike peace and beauty and magic.”
The project will now open for public consultation before a planning application is put in place next year. Following approval, construction is estimated to take two years to complete, with work beginning in 2015.
It will be supervised by The Garden Bridge Trust, chaired by Lord Mervyn Davies, and designed by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick.
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