London Mayor Calls for 'Living Bridge'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has revived old plans to build a new bridge across the Thames River, complete with habitable structures and shops.
May 6, 2009, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Mayor has revived proposals originally put forward in the Nineties. The original plans were by French architect Antoine Grumbach, who won a competition by the Royal Academy to design a habitable bridge and proposed building it between Waterloo and Blackfriars."

"...Mr Johnson has said the £80million cost of building a "living bridge" could be found from the sale of properties on it."

"...Mr Grumbach's designs had the bridge suspended from twin 35-storey towers on the north side of the river, containing flats with views over the city.

It would be the first time London had a bridge with residential and commercial properties in 178 years - since the buildings on London Bridge were torn down."

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Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in Evening Standard
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