A pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames is set to link Pimlico with Nine Elms.
Wandsworth Council approved plans for the £40m bridge last night (July 7) and have now launched an international competition to find a designer, with a winner to be announced in late 2015.
Transport for London (TfL) found the crossing would carry 9,000 walkers and the same amount of cyclists a day, providing a car free alternative to Vauxhall or Chelsea Bridge.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: "The bridge will be a dream commission for the winning architect but to succeed they will have to meet some very unique challenges and expectations."
The council and TfL have two preferred options near the new US embassy on the south bank of the river.
TfL held a consultation over the past year about possible crossings and in September, 2013, the Federation of Pimlico Residents Association (FREDA) announced the two favoured routes did not appeal to them as it would encourage a massive influx of people to the area.
The first option was a bridge coming into Pimlico Gardens at the bottom of St George's Square and the second comes into the tennis court of Dolphin Square.
FREDA members were worried TfL was only considering the project from the viewpoint of those connected to the new Nine Elms development in Battersea.
The bridge is part of a £2bn infrastructure package transforming Nine Elms into a new Zone One transport hub complete with two new Northern Line tube stops.