Farrells release new images of proposed river crossings in East London

Farrells have released new images of their proposals for low-level river crossings in East London.

With 34 bridges across the Thames, there is only one east of Tower Bridge making East London the area with lowest level of accessibility.

Farrells have proposed six new low-level crossings between Surrey Quays and Thamesmead to stimulate growth in currently isolated areas along the river.

Sir Terry Farrell commented:

“Only high-level bridges or tunnels are currently being planned. Low-level bridges, which lift a few times a day to let tall ships through, are a better alternative.

“They would act as catalysts for mixed-use development on either side of the river, turbo-charging existing plans for areas such as the Royal Docks and Thamesmead.”

The firm studied six potential crossing locations with differing growth and transport benefits. In Thamesmead, 47,000 housing units could be developed within a 1¼ mile-radius of the proposed low-level bridge with the potential to create 10,000 jobs.

Buro Happold, who worked in partnership with Farrells on the proposal, commented on the economic benefits that new low-level bridges would bring:

“If 7,000 commuters pass the bridge each day, they’ll spend an estimated £7 million a year in shops, bakeries, food stores and pubs within the bridge’s area of influence.”

A conservative estimate by Buro Happold suggests a 10 per cent uplift in land values for properties located within 10 and 15 minutes walking distance from a low level pedestrian bridge. Bridges that include public transport connections will likely have higher land value uplifts.

Sir Terry Farrell commented:

“London is a great world city. Its economy continues to thrive, it is a global centre for innovation, creativity and culture, and its population will reach 10 million by 2030 – Europe’s only ‘super metropolis’.

“As a result of its success, London needs more housing on a bigger scale than ever before. Building low-level bridges in East London – with opening sections to allow river traffic – is one of the most important things we can do to transform housing delivery in London.”

The current London Plan favours increasing development in areas with the greatest levels of accessibility, but is unable to keep up with the demand for social and affordable housing.