London isn’t the only city receiving Thomas Heatherwick’s park-on-a-river treatment, with the designer’s Pier55 project in New York also getting the green light.
Construction on the 2.7-acre elevated garden and 700-seater amphitheatre can now begin in the summer after the Army Corps of Engineers, guardians of American coastlines, gave its ok.
A New York judge has also thrown out a bid by the City Club of New York – an urban planning advocate – to halt the $130 million scheme, although the group says it will appeal the decision.
Heatherwick designed Pier55, announced in 2014, in collaboration with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen. The park and performance space will stand on an undulating platform supported by 300 pylons wedged in the Hudson River.
‘The pier will be a place of discovery, where visitors can wander and wonder, finding something new around every corner,’ says Heatherwick Studio.
Work on Heatherwick’s other river project, the Garden Bridge in London, will begin this summer despite opposition to the scheme.
Pier55 is expected to be ready in 2018.