RIBA South West, the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the South West have teamed up for an ideas competition and exhibition highlighting the potential of a third crossing of the Severn
The first Severn Bridge arose out of the need to bridge the gap between England and Wales. The second Severn Bridge was built because of the sheer weight of traffic travelling across the original bridge. Now that traffic is currently growing at an average rate of 3% per year, perhaps the time is right to consider a third crossing?
ICE and the RIBA in Wales and the South West are inviting architects, engineers and students of either discipline to submit speculative concepts for a third crossing of the Severn Estuary within the project ‘Linking the Lands’. There will be no commitment to build the scheme.
To encourage architects and engineers to develop working relationships with each other, we welcome teams or partnerships of mixed disciplines to enter, as well as entries from individuals. Teams should be of no more than 4 members, including both architects and engineers.
- To raise the profile of architecture and engineering across Wales
and the South West of England.
- To emphasise the partnership between engineering input and the
architectural design process.
- To encourage good working relationships to develop between
architects and engineers.
- To design a concept crossing for the sole reason of providing
passage over the obstacle of the Bristol Channel. We hope that
your imagination will lead to creative interpretations of ‘Linking
- To design a crossing between the land on the Welsh side of the
Severn and the English side.
The entry form can be downloaded right with a closing date of 30 April 2010.
Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony and exhibition launch on 23 June (Pierhead Building, Cardiff) for practitioners, and the exhibition will move to Bristol Central Library from 22 July to September 2010.