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AJ exclusive: shortlist revealed in contest for new Bath bridge

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Heneghan Peng, Amanda Levete and Grimshaw have been named on a six-strong shortlist in the contest to design the first new river crossing in central Bath for more than a century

They are joined by bridge specialists McDowell & Benedetti, Moxon Architects with long-term collaborators Flint & Neill and French architect and engineer Marc Mimram.

Launched by Bath and North East Somerset Council in February, the open competition for the ‘simple and elegant’ £2.5 million crossing attracted 49 teams from around the world.

The new 65m-long cycle and footbridge is part of the authority’s £1 billion ‘Enterprise Area’ masterplan which aims to regenerate 98 hectares of riverside land within the UNESCO-protected city over the next 15 years.  

The winning scheme will be constructed at Bath Quays where new landscaping and mixed-use development are planned alongside a £6.22 million flood defences scheme which has already won planning permission.

The shortlist in full

  • AL_A/AFA Consult
  • Flint & Neill/Moxon Architects
  • Grimshaw/Buro Happold
  • Heneghan Peng/Ove Arup
  • Marc Mimram/Webb Yates
  • Price & Myers/McDowell & Benedetti

The six shortlisted teams will each receive £5,000 each to develop their bridge concepts over the coming weeks before submitting their final designs in the summer.

The proposals will go on public display with the winning design to be announced in the autumn.

Judges include Jane Wernick of Jane Wernick Associates and Grant Associates-founder Andrew Grant.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 12 March.




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