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New 'living bridge' over the Thames contest launched

The RIBA has announced a design competition to mark the 800th anniversary of the opening of the first London Bridge in 1209

The ideas competition asks designers to imagine a new version of the ‘inhabited bridge’, based on the structure of the existing span in central London. It is being organised on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects – aLivery Company of the City of London - and follows London Mayor Boris Johnson’s recent calls for a habitable bridge between Waterloo and Blackfriars.

The result of the competition will be announced at the 800th Anniversary Fair of London Bridge on 11 July.

The competition is open to architects and students of architecture, and the brief will be available to download from from Thursday 28 May.  The deadline for submissions is 25 June.

It is not the first time a competition has been launched to dream up ideas to recreate a modern London Bridge.

To celebrate the Living Bridges exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1996, the AJ ran its own competition which included an entry from Alan Power called ‘The Artificial Shore’ (pictured bottom right).  

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