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Ian Ritchie has won the competition to design a footbridge over the River Avon close to his recently completed Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Courtyard Theatre in Stratfordupon-Avon. The scheme, which was drawn up with Stuttgartbased engineer Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, was selected ahead of schemes by Spence Associates, Wilkinson Eyre, Flint and Neill and Whitbybird. Describing the design, Ritchie said: 'The bridge is the most slender and shallow structural arch technically possible. The 50m-long arch spans the river without the need for intermediate columns, masts or suspension structures.' Warwickshire County Council, which backed the RIBA-organised contest, hopes the £2 million crossing will complement the regeneration of the town's waterfront and the revamp of the RSC theatre, which is being masterminded by Bennetts Associates and will see Ritchie's temporary theatre replaced.

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