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Winners named in Severn Crossing ideas contest

RIBA South West has announced the victors in its Linking the Lands ideas competition for a third crossing of the River Severn

The top prize was won by a team from CODA Architects and Buro Happold,including Carlton Bodkin, David Coyle, Shankari Raj and Philip Skellorn.

Dubbed Linkin’ Parcs, the proposed new ecosystem between England and Wales ws hailed by the judges as ‘wildly fantastic [while] holding a mirror to contemporary society…graphically illustrating the scale of infrastructure required to sustain our modern lives.’

The winner of the graduate category was Crossing? by Jason Skelton - a ‘unique concept’ of twin beams of light connecting the two lands from the existing structures of Penarth Pier and Birnbeck Island at Weston super Mare.

Martin Knight of Knight Architects, chair of the judging panel, said: ‘The concept of linking without actually making physical contact is a subtle response to the brief and this elegant and restrained scheme offers a beautiful solution.’

Meanwhile a special award for creativity was handed to the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ entry Concorde by Jim Hayles, Joanne Smyth, Matt Gitsham and Dan Birch (Quattro/ ARUP Team) and built on the themes of 1950s beachside fun and using one of the West Country’s icons - the supersonic passenger jet.

The competition was run together with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the South West.


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