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McDowell + Benedetti swings into action with Hull bridge - image

McDowell + Benedetti has romped to victory in the international competition to design a new 'swinging' footbridge over the River Hull.

The London-based practice beat local firm Birdjohnson Associates in the keenly fought final of the contest run by urban regeneration company Hull Citybuild.

The new crossing will link the up and coming East Bank area of Hull - the site of a proposed £88 million waterfront mixed-use development called The Boom - with the historic city centre.

Featuring an indoor space for events and exhibitions, the bridge will be able to rotate up to 90° to allow river traffic through.

The bridge has been designed to contrast with the area's 'industrial character and muddy tones' and will be clad in a black, non-slip recycled rubber finish to create a 'sleek and sensuous' structure.

Practice co-founder Jonathan McDowell said: 'This is a bridge about people, creating a special place to enjoy Hull's riverscape not just to cross the river, so we are delighted that the scheme has secured strong public support.

'This bridge will become the focus for regeneration. Its distinctive form will make it an

endearing landmark, helping to put Hull firmly on the map.'

The winning scheme was developed in collaboration with structural engineer Alan Baxter & Associates.

by Richard Waite

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