The City of Prague has announced an international competition for a £6.5 million footbridge over the Vltava river
Open to teams of architects and engineers eligible to practice in Europe – the competition seeks proposals for a new pedestrian and cycle crossing connecting the historic district of Holešovice with Štvanice Island and nearby Karlín.
Located a short distance from the city’s UNESCO world heritage site within the Prague Conservation Area, the new structure is expected to boost access to green spaces on Štvanice Island and promote additional sports and leisure activities in the area.
According to the brief: ‘The footbridge will be located near urban heritage sites in the Prague Conservation Area and it will impinge on notable vistas along the Vltava river and run through a regional bio-corridor on the Štvanice island.
‘The most important restrictions on the design are requirements relating to flood protection, water flow and waterway management, the nature of the urban situation on both banks and requirements for wheelchair access to the footbridge.’
The project comes 15 years after the city was devastated by major floods which caused around £2.3 billion worth of destruction across the Czech Republic. A conceptual proposal for a bridge on the same site – selected in a 1999 contest – was put on hold due to the resulting damage.
Due to the river bank erosion and exposed weaknesses on the planned site, flood protection and water flow management are considered by the organisers to be key factors for any design to succeed.
The project budget is set at £6.5 million and approximately 10 per cent of the total amount will be spent on architectural fees.
The contest jury will feature six independent professional architects and engineers along with five planning and development experts from the local government – including Marek Kopeć, director of projects and competitions at the Institute of Planning and Development of Prague.
Submissions must include five A0-sized landscape boards featuring graphical images along with a 3,600-character project description on two A4 sides.
The competition language is Czech and all teams must include one EEA or Swiss-based architect and one EEA or Swiss-based bridge engineer. Proof of qualifications and professional status will be required.
The overall winner will receive around £33,000 while a second place prize of £20,000, third place prize of £11,000 and several honourable mentions worth £1,600 each will also be awarded.
The deadline for submissions is 3pm local time (CEST) on 25 July.
How to apply
Czech Chamber of Architects
118 00 Prague 1 – Malá Strana
Tel: +420 236 004 601