The Thomas Heatherwick–designed bridge was estimated to cost nearly $260 million to complete, with much of the funding coming from taxpayer money.
London’s Garden Bridge promised to be one of the most exciting attractions in a city filled with architectural gems. The tree-lined structure—which would’ve stretched across the Thames river connecting Temple with South Bank—ran into a major roadblock in April, as London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan withdrew support for the project. The Thomas Heatherwick-designed bridge was estimated to have cost nearly $260 million to complete, with an additional $3.9 million each year to keep the bridge up to its aesthetic standards. When the staggering costs to build and maintain the bridge were first revealed, there was much public outcry. Since the project was primarily being financed by taxpayer money, many felt the money could and should be used for something better than a vanity project.
In a general statement to the public, The Garden Bridge Trust—the charity established to build and run the proposed bridge—announced that it will be terminating the project. “The Trust has had no choice but to take this decision because of lack of support for the project going forward from the Mayor,” the statement read. “We would like to thank all our donors and supporters who gave us unstinting support and encouragement along the way.”
The head of the Garden Bridge Trust, Lord Mervyn Davies, delivered a more dispiriting statement. “It is a sad day for London because it is sending out a message to the world that we can no longer deliver such exciting projects.”