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Urban Splash finally reveals New Islington footbridge victor

Urban Splash has finally named Gollifer Langston Architects as the winner of its New Islington footbridge competition.

After a drawn out selection process - the shortlisted practices were unveiled back in February (AJ 22/02/07) - the firm, in collaboration with design partners Michael Hadi Associates, has at long last walked away with the much-coveted scheme.

Gollifer Langston - which saw off finalists Glowacka Rennie Architects, Gunning Groothuizen Architects and Ian McChesney - will now be asked to produce plans for the new bridge over the Rochdale Canal in Manchester.

Contest organiser Urban Splash claims the delay in announcing the victor was due to the number of parties needed to be consulted before the appointment could be made official.

The RIBA-organised competition attracted a lot of attention - including an impressive 87 entries - not least because of a hiccup over the scale of the drawings in the original contest brief ( Scale slip-up causes comp chaos ).

The footbridge, which will straddle the canal and link the huge New Islington millennium community development to the Ancoats Urban Village, is Urban Splash's first ever bridge.

Gollifer Langston will work with lighting specialist Foto-Ma and quantity surveyor Measur on the scheme.

by Richard Waite

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