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
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