Lithuania’s second largest city, Kaunas, has launched an international contest for a major downtown road bridge
Organised by the Kaunas Architectural and Urban Renewal Council, the competition seeks proposals for a new crossing in a prominent location west of the city’s landmark old town.
The Kedainiai Bridge project aims to relieve peak congestion at peak times in this part of the city, which is home to major landmarks such as Kaunas castle, town hall and city square.
The competition brief says the bridge will ‘develop the connection of the southern part of Kaunas with the Via Baltica and Vilnius Klaipėda highway, bypassing the Old Town and the old bridge of Aleksotas …
‘[The bridge] is planned as an effective element of the Kaunas city infrastructure, which will help to free up peak loads in the centre and the streets of the Old Town – such as Birštono Street, St Gertrudos Street and Vilijampolė Bridge – bypassing them and at the same time improving the ecological situation.’
Kaunas is home to many academic institutions and emerging businesses. The settlement was recently named a UNESCO global creative city and will be European Capital of Culture in 2022.
The latest competition comes three months after Malcolm Reading Consultants launched a separate open contest for a £26.4 million waterfront concert hall less than 1.5km from the site of the planned bridge.
The MK Čiurlionis Concert Centre will occupy a landmark site overlooking the city’s historic old and new towns. A waterfront park and multifunctional spaces for public and community events will also be included alongside the 1,500-capacity concert hall.
Last year SimpsonHaugh and Partners was named one of three finalists in an earlier Malcom Reading competition for a £21 million national science and innovation centre on nearby Nemunas Island.
The overall winner of the bridge contest will receive a £3,550 prize, and there will also be a second prize of £2,660, third prize of £1,770, and two further prizes worth £890 each.
The competition language is Lithuanian and the deadline for applications is 2pm local time, 31 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Kaunas Architectural and Urban Renewal Council
Vilniaus g. 22
Tel: +370 37422248