British designer Thomas Heatherwick has imagined a 1,200-foot long "Garden Bridge" to span the Thames in London. The bridge was designed in response to a call for submissions by Transport for London, which is looking for ways to improve pedestrian links across the capital's river. It will connect Covent Garden on the north side to the South Bank.
The Garden Bridge is inspired by actor and green activist Joanna Lumley's dream of "a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds are birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water."
Designer and horticulturist Dan Pearson will be responsible for creating a garden that changes with the seasons and affords people a placid vantage point from which to contemplate the city skyline.
Plans have moved a step closer with the creation of a trust to oversee the £150 million ($240 million) project.
"The scheme has been shaped and developed into a proposal that will contribute significantly to the future of London's development and we are committed to ensuring the Garden Bridge will be something that London can be proud of," said Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of The Garden Bridge Trust. "Our role is to take this project forward and to raise the necessary funds to build the bridge by the end of 2017."