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Brill battles for Safe Trestles win

Dan Brill Architects has been shortlisted for California’s Safe Trestles design competition, with the winner set to be announced tomorrow

The Winchester-based practice’s zig-zag bridge concept is the only UK entry in the 12-strong shortlist.

Dan Brill said: ‘The proposal introduces a dynamic and sculptural counterpoint to the existing landscape. The asymmetric, angular forms of the structure also refer to the F-117 Nighthawk, alluding to the nearby presence of US marine base Camp Pendleton.’

The Californian-born designer, who moved to the UK aged 17 and studied at Southbank University before the Royal College of Art, said winning the competition would be a ‘very significant’ achievement.

The Architecture for Humanity competition challenged designers to make ‘safe and low-impact’ access routes to Trestles beach.

The popular surfing venue attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year, using informal tracks through marshland and across railway tracks to reach the shore.

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