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Whitbybird wins tilt at new London bridge design

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A bridge with a 25m-high tilting mast will be built opposite the Millennium Dome after its designer, the engineer Whitbybird, won a competition this week.The span over the River Lea will have an aluminium deck, sculptural staircases and LED lights.The judges, who included Richard Rogers, Piers Gough, Alex Lifschutz and Paul Finch, chose the design for its 'aesthetic and technical prowess'.The shortlist included Filippo Broggini with Air Light Research; Future Systems with Strasky, Husty and Partners; Ian Ritchie Architects with Techniker and Faithful & Gould; McDowell + Benedetti with Arup; and Niall McLaughlin Architects with Price & Myers.The bridge is due to open in 2005/06 with the public-private group Leaside Regeneration funding the scheme.

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