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Bath opens contest for ‘innovative' £2.5m footbridge

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Bath and North East Somerset Council has launched an international design competition for a new ‘simple and elegant’ £2.5 million bridge

Dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists, Bath Quays Bridge will be the first new crossing over the River Avon in Bath City Centre for more than a century.

The council is seeking ‘innovative, high quality’ designs for the new structure which is expected to span 65 up to metres.

The new bridge is part of the council’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.  

It 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.

Council chief executive Jo Farrar said: ‘There has never been a better time for Bath to reconnect with its river. Our commitment to Bath Quays has started by delivering a stunning new riverside landscape and the next exciting element will be to commission this new bridge.’

According to the brief, the bridge must be a ‘beautiful object’ which is ‘fascinating to all ages’.

The winning design should also feature ‘superb engineering’ and deliver a ‘modern statement taking the heritage of the city forward.’

Up to six shortlisted design teams will receive £5,000 each to participate in the competition’s second stage.

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

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 12 March.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

David Reynolds
Northgate House
Upper Borough Walls

Email: david_reynolds@bathnes.gov.uk




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