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Locals to vote for Stockton bridge

The backers of a major regeneration project in the North East have announced a stellar shortlist for a new pedestrian bridge in Stockton-on-Tees.

Development agency Tees Valley Regeneration (TVR) has asked the local community to choose between projects designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Future Systems, Lifschutz Davidson, Glen Howells Architects and Spence Associates.

The competition's supporters - English Partnerships, One NorthEast and Stockton Borough Council - will use the result of the vote, together with style, cost and engineering detail to decide the winner later this year.

They have kept the practice names separate from the images in an effort to allow the public to vote 'without prejudice'.

TVR chief executive Joe Docherty said he has high hopes for the bridge's future. 'It's a tremendously exciting project which will have a huge impact not only on Stockton but on the whole Tees Valley.

'We're attracting the attention of leading international organisations, with world-renowned architects and engineers, who want to be part of the renaissance that is taking place here, ' he added. 'So we want as many people as possible to tell us which is their favourite design.'

The winning bridge will form the centrepiece to a larger regeneration scheme in the Thornaby area of Stockton.

The TVR hopes that it will trigger £120 million of private investment in an adjacent brownfield site, which it has cleaned up at a cost of £5 million.

The TVR believes the bridge's construction should start on site in the first half of next year.

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