Saturday19 August 2017

Sky to help fund Garden Bridge cost

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Media firm’s cash will be used to bankroll one of planned gardens

Entertainment and media group Sky has said it has agreed to donate money to help fund the costs of the Garden Bridge in the middle of London.

In a statement, the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity behind Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 million scheme, said: “Sky has made one of the biggest individual donations to fund the creation of one of the central large gardens on the bridge, which will be named by Sky.” It declined to say how much money it was getting from Sky.

The trust said it has now lined up £85 million of private funding in addition to the £60 million public handout it has been promised – which is coming from the Treasury and Transport for London.

Preparatory works are scheduled to begin this spring with main construction work starting in the summer for a 2018 opening.



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  • I've broken through the wall. This Garden Bridge thing no longer annoys me, its just funny, and tragic.

    I suppose it'll be called the Garden Bridge Sky Garden

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  • Oh how the Establishment closes ranks!

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  • this is NOT creative london...just capitalist london. London used to be the creative capital of the world, now it's about how tall and how many expensive flats to sell to overseas buyers or private gardens/viewing points which are public enough to swing the planning... just sad.

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  • Seymour Alexander

    It will be Rupert Murdoch's wedding present for his lovely new bride.

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  • I'm no accountant but isn't tat still public money?- i.e. as a registered charity donations to GBT will be offset against corporation tax.. so £5m less for the exchequer...

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  • Munter Roe

    If I kit out in my Team Sky jersey & shorts and ride my Pinarello Dogma F8 will I be give a free pass to cycle across the bridge? Seems a reasonable exchange. Of course normal cyclists should be banned, that goes without saying. Only Team Sky fan boys allowed.

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  • Hi Jo--Rupe here
    Just a quick call about the marriage : give me a couple of years and I’ll be out of the other side of it!
    Meantime a little help with your project : we need to look after your bushes?
    Then it’s you, me and ecstasy!!

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  • @Munter

    That will only help you get through the Sky Garden, the security at the Nestle and Wonga gardens either side will still throw you and your bike in the river.

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  • Keith - you havn't hacked Rupe's phone have you? shameful.

    This whole thing is sickening in the extreme. so depressing.

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  • i still can't believe we have fallen for this old rubbish... in my discussions with a landscape architect friend, he points out that the trees shown in the images will require a certain root depth and spread otherwise they will topple over in the wind which often blows a bit faster than average down the Thames.... so either they have some clever under root retention system (they can't go too deep because of height under the bridge and dead load restrictions - wet soil is very heavy stuff) or the trees have to be a lot lower!!!! i wonder which it will be??

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