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Marks Barfield Basildon bridge put on hold

Marks Barfield's futuristic designs for a bridge in Basildon have been put on hold.

The London Eye designer's scheme has been moved to the backburner, a spokesperson for project leader English Partnernships confirmed today.

The spokesperson added: 'We are working with Essex County Council to reappraise plans and funding for the whole area.'

The architect was appointed ahead of teams led by Future Systems, Thomas Heatherwick, Spence Associates and Grimshaws in late 2004.

The judging panel picked Marks Barfield's project (pictured) because it 'entirely embodied the concept of 'less is more', showing that graceful structures can be as iconic as spectacular ones'.

The promoter, Basildon Renaissance Partnerships, was looking for a high-quality bridge to form part of a new junction to link the A127 with 'flagship' regeneration projects in the area.

by Rob Sharp

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