Over four years ago reForm’s managing director Nik Randall came up with an initial design concept for a new bridge crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. With no client, brief or fee, this ‘self-start’ project has been developed by reForm who have worked closely with structural engineers, Elliott Wood Partnership, to develop the registered design that you will see within the public domain today.
In 2015 Sustrans, (a charity with a focus on developing sustainable transport strategies and who had independently been looking at the same need for a crossing in this location) approached us to assist with a feasibility study to test the viability of the idea for a crossing in this location. Sustrans’ work demonstrated the demand and benefits a bridge would bring to London, whilst we identified the constraints and challenges any bridge would have to address in this location, and used our registered design proposal to test if they could be met.
Since the publication of this feasibility study, we have continued to develop our design, and to ‘spread the word’ visiting local schools, meeting residents and attending community events.
The idea for a pedestrian and cycle bridge now has the support of the Mayor and Transport for London and we continue to promote our ‘ready to go’ design, in the hope that this much needed piece of infrastructure can be delivered as soon as possible.
For more information on the completed feasibility study please see our Rotherhithe Bridge project page.
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The TfL consultation period has now closed. A big thank you to everyone who took part and gave support for our proposal. We look forward to seeing the results of the consultation.
Transport for London (TfL) are currently undertaking consultation on the feasibility of a new Thames river crossing between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.
If you like our design, please show your support by completing their survey with your thoughts on our proposal before 8th January 2018:
The Rotherhithe Bridge Team
This year, reForm and our good friends at Elliott Wood, took part in the Gingerbread City at the Museum of Architecture. This fundraising event organised by planning anf urban designers, Tibbalds, supports the idea of "creating unconventional ways for the public to better engage with architecture, whilst challenging architects and designers to participate in designing, baking and building their gingerbread buildings". More
December 11, 2017
At Mayor’s Question Time on 10th August 2017 the Mayor confirmed that the proposed crossing is within his draft Transport Strategy and the TfL Business Plan. The Mayor explained they are exploring various options including a tunnel, ferry or opening bride to validate the technical parameters and constraints and once a preferred crossing has been established consultation leading to a tender process to select a successful contractor will then begin. More
November 22, 2017
If you wish to read more about reForm’s Rotherhithe Bridge proposal and the media reaction to it please refer to the articles below. They reflect the broad support for our design that will create a much needed pedestrian and cycle crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, whilst maintaining the unobstructed passage of vessels on the Thames. More
March 9, 2016
Following on from the launch of our Rotherhithe Bridge design last year, reForm and Elliott Wood have now commissioned a physical scale model to help explain the concept, form and local context to future interested parties. More
March 23, 2016
reForm and Elliott Wood are excited to announce that our design for Rotherhithe Bridge is being exhibited at the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Bridge Engineering Exhibition until April 2017. More
November 2, 2016
reForm and Elliott Wood are delighted to announce that our design for Rotherhithe Bridge has beaten over 300 entries to win the New London Architecture Peoples’ Choice Award, which was presented at the awards ceremony at the NLA annual lunch on the 7th of July. More
August 4, 2016
We are delighted to announce that reForm’s Rotherhithe Bridge proposal has been 'Commended' in the Big Urban Projects category of the AR MIPIM Future Projects Awards. More
March 15, 2016
reForm has worked closely with Engineer’s Elliott Wood Partnership to develop Nik Randall’s concept for a unique form of bascule bridge, between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. Having received an overwhelmingly positive response so far, including approval from the Port of London Authority to now test the 3D model on the Port of London’s river Thames simulator, the next stage is to develop the Registered Design further for those trials and for Pre-Application meetings with both Southwark and Tower Hamlet Councils. More
November 30, 2015