Plans to build a Garden Bridge spanning the Thames have been given the green light by Boris Johnson,
The Mayor of London said the crossing, which will connect Temple to South Bank, is set to be a “fantastic new landmark”.
Described as a “floating garden”, the 366 metre bridge is now on course to open in 2018.
Thomas Heatherwick, the mastermind behind the London Olympics cauldron and new Routemaster bus, designed the £175m pedestrian bridge.
So far, City Hall and the Treasury have committed £30 million each, with a further £50 million coming from private donations, leaving £65 million to raise for construction to begin a year from now.
The plans were approved by Westminster Council on December 2.
Lambeth Council also gave the go-ahead to the bridge, which will feature a figure of eight of curving, paved pathways linking five separate gardens displaying plants from Britain and northern Europe, in November.
To talk about the bridge could dive the city is Wai-King Cheung from Thames Central Open Space, she joined Headline London