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Bridging the gap in east London

The six leading architects shortlisted to design a landmark bridge for London's Thames Gateway have revealed their proposals in an anonymous exhibition.

The teams have all produced concept designs for the £2 million pedestrian and cycle bridge, which will span the River Lea opposite the Millennium Dome, linking the isolated Leamouth Peninsula to Canning Town Station. It is intended to breathe new life into this underused area of the Docklands and help create a new urban quarter.

The six teams are:

Future Systems (with Strasky, Husty & Partners);

McDowell + Benedetti (with Arup);

Ian Ritchie (with Techniker and Faithful & Gould);

Whitby Bird;

Filippo Broggini (with Air Light Research); and

Niall McLaughlin Architects (with Price and Myers).

The winner will be chosen in mid-July by a jury chaired by CABE deputy chairman Paul Finch and including Piers Gough, Alex Lifschutz and Lord Rogers.

The chairman of Leaside Regeneration, Eric Reynolds, said: 'The Leamouth area has incredible potential, as any visitor to Trinity Buoy Wharf will tell you.

'With this competition, we can mark Leamouth as a new urban quarter, symbolise its aspirations and enable residential and business communities to take advantage of this historic waterside site.'

Design jury chairman Paul Finch said: 'Bringing the best in design to our communities is essential if we are to develop environments which add value to people's lives and work.

'With the Leamouth Bridge competition we are setting the standard to which future London developments will aspire.'

As part of the competition, each of the design teams will lead an architectural workshop in a local school, and all six designs will be on view to the public at an exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf until 14 July. Planning permission is expected later this year, with a possible opening date in 2005.

The competition is supported by the Greater London Authority, Thames Gateway London Partnership, Transport for London, the London Development Agency and Tower Hamlets and Newham councils.

Match and win Can you match the correct architects with the six designs? For the chance to win a bottle of champagne, send your answer on a postcard by Monday morning to: 'Match the Bridge Competition', The Architects'Journal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, fax 020 7505 6701, or visit ajplus. co. uk.

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