The £90m construction contract to build Thomas Heatherwick’s £90m Garden Bridge over the River Thames is believed to have gone to a Bouygues’ joint venture bringing the contentious bridge one step closer to reality.

It’s believed that the French / Italian joint venture of Bouygues and Cimolai was appointed over the course of the last week.

The bridge will be 366m long and will connect Temple on the North Bank of the Thames to the South Bank and will create a brand new public space with 270 trees as well as shrubs, climbing plants, hedges and flowers.

With the commitments from the government and from Transport for London (TfL) it’s believed that the project with an estimated £90m construction cost will commence in the close future with an anticipated open date of 2018 when it will attract around seven million visitors per year.


The bridge is set to use a number of innovative building supplies and construction materials including the super strong, copper nickle alloy skin as well as creating a number of new construction jobs in capital.