In July 2013 Phillip Hall-Patch joined Thomas Heatherwick (designer of the Olympic Cauldron for London2012), as Project Leader for the Garden Bridge responsible for development of designs from Concept, leading the design team and guiding the project through extensive consultation and a contentious Planning process, delivering the project through detail design and tender action to appointment of a main Contractor.
A new visitor attraction for London, the Garden Bridge was conceived as a floating garden connecting the north and south banks of the River Thames through the creation of a new public space, prioritising the pedestrian experience and encouraging wellbeing through opportunities for interaction with nature and other visitors.
A unique biodiverse link, but also a new green space in the heart of central London: the Garden Bridge was intended to be the “slowest” way to cross the river, with new and extraordinary framed views of the London skyline.
Clad in roll-bonded Copper-Nickel the structure was conceived as a form that seamlessly emerged from the river, with a radial geometry, to form two balanced cantilevers, the structure holding the continuous landscape above with no other primary structure above the bridge deck level.
Visualisations by Arup.