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Knight Architects wins River Lee footbridge comp

Knight Architects has won a competition for a new footbridge over the River Lee in Tottenham, north London.

The practice saw off Studio Bednarski to win the project, and the victory confirms Knight's position as one of the leading bridge designers in the country.

It is hoped that the £2.5 million project will create a link between proposed new waterfront housing, shops and restaurants at Hale Wharf near Tottenham Hale underground station - part of the Tottenham Urban Centre masterplan.

An original longlist of six teams vied for the scheme and each of the designs was reviewed at a public exhibition run by British Waterways.

The list was then whittled down to just two practices, with Knight teaming up with contractor Costain and engineer Flint & Neill Partnership, and Bednarski working with Balfour Beatty and Buro Happold.

Construction is expected to begin in the autumn with completion set for 2008, although the scheme is still subject to land drainage and planning consents.

by Richard Vaughan

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