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Garden Bridge Trust signs construction contract with Bouygues TP and Cimolai SpA

, Press Release

The Garden Bridge Trust is delighted to announce that the construction contract with the joint venture of Bouygues Travaux Publics and Cimolai SpA has been signed. This is a vital step in turning the plans for the Garden Bridge into reality.

The joint venture will be responsible for completing the detailed design, construction and planting of this fantastic new public space for central London.

Bouygues TP and Cimolai have been working with the Trust since April 2015 when they were appointed for preconstruction services, following a formal competitive procurement process. Since then they have been working on finalising the technical proposals for the delivery of the project.

This period of joint working has enabled the team to develop strong working relationships and to fine tune and improve plans after local consultation.

Examples include making a 35% reduction in the number of road journeys by better use of the river for deliveries, completing the construction of the bridge in 32 months, keeping Bernie Spain Gardens open and maintaining the width of Queen’s Walk pathway to 7.6m during construction.

In addition, a further five planning conditions were approved at a meeting of Lambeth’s Planning Committee last week relating to noise and vibration mitigation and the layout of the South Landing Building. 80% of Lambeth’s pre-commencement planning conditions have now been approved.

Others relating to the commencement of particular construction works also need to be discharged and the Trust already has approval for two out of seven of these.

Lease negotiations are continuing about the land required for the South Landing.

Construction work on the Bridge is planned to commence in the summer of 2016 and to be completed in late 2018.

Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, said:

“The Garden Bridge is a reality. We are on course with our fundraising targets, we are meeting the requirements of our planning conditions. We have huge public support for the project and we look forward to working with Bouygues TP and Cimolai and all our partners to make this a special place to be enjoyed by Londoners and visitors in the heart of the city for years to come.”

Bouygues TP and Cimolai are supported by Flint and Neil and Moxon Architects as designers. Arup, Heatherwick Studio and Dan Pearson Studios will continue to provide advice to the Trust about the Bridge design and construction.

The Bridge will be open every day of the year and bring huge benefits to the area in terms of jobs, economic opportunities and a place of enjoyment.

To mark the signing of the construction contract the Trust has released a new film which is a celebration of everything that makes London the unique place it is and the people who will cross the bridge every day, from every walk of life.

Shot over four days in each corner of the city, it is a journey through every side of this ever-changing and thriving community. It also shows how the Bridge will provide an opportunity for Londoners to stop and take it all in, and to remember, every now and then, how lucky we are to live in London. Watch the film

A new infographic also sets out facts and figures about the Garden Bridge. View the infographic.

Garden Bridge infographic


About Bouygues Travaux Publics

Bouygues Travaux Publics is an expert in delivering complex projects involving engineering structures, tunnels, and road, port and rail infrastructures. Operating in several countries around the world, the entity has solid expertise in managing large-scale projects with high added value and in setting up PPP projects.

Bouygues Travaux Publics focuses its development on technically demanding operations with high added value, such as the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge, the Port of Miami Tunnel and the Nîmes-Montpellier rail bypass. In 2012, the Bouygues Travaux Publics project, the New Tyne Crossing tunnel, was chosen as the best infrastructure project in England.

The business draws on the resources of its permanent offices in the UK, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Australia and its capacity to become involved on a one-off basis on highly technical projects. In 2014 Bouygues Travaux Publics generated worldwide sales of €1,447m.

About Cimolai

Cimolai is a privately owned Italian-based steel manufacturer, established in 1949. Highly specialised in the manufacturing and erection of bridges and viaducts, stadiums, industrial and civil buildings, military infrastructures, ship hulls, off/on-shores structures and in the production of plate girders and pipes of great diameter and wall thickness, Cimolai has been involved in prestigious projects around the world, from the Olympic Stadium in Athens to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.