On their website, the Garden Bridge Trust claim:
The operations jobs will largely be private security and office management (for a bridge!). As for the construction jobs, there may be a few Workfare positions but the bridge would actually be pre-fabricated in Italy by Cimolai and constructed on site by a French Contractor, Bouyges. It isn’t clear where these hundreds of construction jobs will come from or how they will benefit any of the taxpayers funding the private development.
The Garden Bridge Trust proudly signed a construction contract in March 2016 after which TfL’s Richard de Cani lobbied the DfT to ensure that this triggered £7m of public money immediately for the Garden Bridge Trust – this is after he had accepted a job with Arup, the engineering firm he had awarded the design contract to.
How the GBT decided they were in a position to sign these contracts risking huge amounts of public money, and how TfL and the DfT offered such little oversight to permit it is a question still unanswered.
A few months after signing it the GBT but the contract on standby – which some may read as evidence that they only signed awarded it to Bouyges & Cimolai in order to keep their troubled development afloat with an injection of public cash.
This post was originally part of The Garden Bridge 12 Days of Christmas.
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