An insightful article published by Planning in London, has revealed innovative proposals for a “quick fix” to Hammersmith Bridge. The editors from the magazine invited readers to put forward suggestions to reconnect Barnes with Hammersmith while repair works are considered.
Four proposals were put forward including: demolition and the reuse of Twickenham Bridge (Adams), a barge bridge (Anthony Carlile), a temporary parallel bridge (Beckett Rankine) and a hybrid solution lifting the bridge of its piers, reusing them to provide a new roadway and then reassembling the old bridge on top with lifts to allow people to get on high to watch the annual boat race (Architects Adams + Collingwood).
The most feasible - a pioneering temporary replacement bridge - designed by Beckett Rankine could be built in 3 months, last 10 years and cost £5 million.
The temporary bridge structure uses standard off-the-shelf bridge sections which would have adequate capacity to carry double-decker buses, while boasting a 7.5m carriageway and 1.5m footway. The Marine Consulting Engineers report that all work, except for minimal work at each shore landing, would be completed from the river.
The Port of London Authority commented in the article on the Beckett Rankine proposal, stating:
“The scheme looks, in principle, acceptable and we do feel that this entry has south to understand the practicalities of crossing a publically navigable river.”
The MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston welcomes the innovative proposals commenting:
“It is fantastic to see businesses innovating ways to speedily reconnect my constituency with Hammersmith – a key gateway to the rest of London. I am not an engineer, but the Beckett Rankine proposal seems to offer a realistic alternative proposal which I hope Hammersmith and Fulham Council and TfL will carefully consider.”
Concerns over action on Hammersmith Bridge have also been raised in City Hall during Mayor’s Questions by Tony Devenish AM and the local MP, Zac Goldsmith, continues to campaign for the reopening of Hammersmith Bridge by putting pressure on the Council, TfL and Government.