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Future Systems and Tonkin Liu make shortlist for Olympic footbridge

Future Systems and Tonkin Liu have reached the shortlist to design one of the 2012 Olympic Park's major footbridges.

The shortlist is a mixed bag of established designers, engineers and emerging practices, all vying for one of the few smaller design competitions in the Olympic Park.

The six shortlisted teams are: McDowell & Benedetti, Jane Wernick Associates, Craft Pegg and Sutton Vane Associates; Hparc Architects and Adams Kara Taylor; Ron Arad Associates, Buro Happold and Landscape Architects with BBUK Studio; Softroom and Eckersley O'Callaghan; Future Systems and Adams Kara Taylor; and finally Tonkin Liu, Atelier One, Grant Associates and BDP Sustainability.

The Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) director of infrastructure, Simon Wright, said: 'I'm delighted to announce a shortlist of such diverse and talented teams who are competing to make their mark on the Olympic Park.

'Having such a competent shortlist will ensure that we continue to aim for the highest standards of design excellence, not just for the key issues, but throughout the entire site.'

The footbridge - to be used during legacy mode as well - will act as the major link between the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Basketball Arena, spanning 26m over Carpenters Lock on the River Lea Waterway.

The ODA came under fire recently over its use of a single design for the Olympic bridges, not least from Design for London director Peter Bishop, who called for more competitions to avoid what he called 'identikit' design ( Bishop blasts 'identikit' Olympic bridges ).

The teams will now be asked to draw up concept designs and a winner will be announced in September.

by Richard Vaughan

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