March 2, 2017
The Garden Bridge will be a world-class landmark, reinforcing London’s status as an ambitious world city at the forefront of creativity, innovation and design. All of us at the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity delivering the Bridge, are determined to make the project happen.
We made substantial progress last year, including completing all detailed pre-construction work. We are now focused on resolving the final outstanding matters – acquiring the land, entering into agreements with both London Borough of Lambeth (LBL) and Westminster City Council (WCC), and discharging the few remaining planning conditions – before construction can start.
We are working closely with LBL, Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) and WCC to finalise land agreements for the Bridge’s two landing points. While WCC gave planning approval for the Bridge in 2014, the Council recently debated its approach to the land process at a special committee meeting and, taking the committee’s comments into consideration, will continue to progress the relevant process – with next steps expected shortly. We are also making good progress with arrangements for land on the south side of the River and we hope to finalise these shortly.
The Mayor has given assurance that he has no objection to providing the required maintenance guarantee once he is satisfied with our operational fundraising plans.
The Trust is very pleased with the recent outcome of the Charity Commission’s compliance review, which states that the charity has shown robust management and decision making since it was set up in 2013.
We are grateful to have continued support from our donors, the Government, the Mayor of London and members of the public. We look forward to starting construction in 2017 and making this exciting project a reality.
Please continue to register your support for this unique, new public space for London.