Wandsworth Council in the UK has launched an international competition for architects and engineers to design the new Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge across the River Thames in central London.

They are required to create a design for the new river crossing linking the Nine Elms district with the Pimlico embankment to the north.

Designs will be also need to factor in public exhibitions and engagement with local communities on both sides of the river.

In addition to the bridge, which is said to part of a £1bn infrastructure package transforming the Nine Elms regeneration area into a well-connected zone one destination, there are two new Northern Line tube stops, improvements to rail stations, two riverbus piers and a new network of footpaths, parks and cycle lanes.

After selecting the winning design, the planning process will be undertaken prior to beginning the work. Around £26m is committed to the project through the development of Nine Elms.

"The transport case is strong and this will be a valuable and sustainable addition to London’s transport infrastructure."

Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Ravi Govindia said: "This is a competition to find a team of brilliant engineers and architects to design a beautiful bridge spanning the Thames.

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"This bridge has the potential to become an inspiring landmark, heralding the changes that are taking place south of the river and making vital connections to the north shore. The transport case is strong and this will be a valuable and sustainable addition to London’s transport infrastructure.

Under stage one of the competition, which is being run by Colander, competitors will be asked to submit information about the people in their teams and to explain their approach to five design challenges.

Stage two will be a competitive dialogue process where the chosen teams will be asked to develop their design ideas and meet with the jury panel, the technical advisors and members of the residents review panel.

A high profile jury panel, including Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley and CABE chair Pam Alexander, is being assembled to select the winning design at the end of stage two.