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Design contest opens to overhaul Atlanta bridges

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The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and Midtown Alliance have launched an international design competition for the £4 million regeneration of two bridges in the Georgia state capital

Multi-disciplinary design teams are invited to submit overhaul designs for the midtown 10th Street Bridge and the downtown Courtland Street/Ralph McGill Boulevard Bridge.

Both bridges cross the Atlanta Connector – also known as Interstate75/85 – which funnels more than 300,000 vehicles through the city centre every day.

According to the brief: ‘The competition seeks broad participation from multi-disciplinary design teams to develop innovative approaches for enhancing existing infrastructure in a manner that will elevate the experience of travellers along the connector and improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge surfaces.’

The contest is part of a wider project to upgrade the major highway which first opened in the 1960s. Improvements to two bridges at Peachtree Street are due to start this year.

The brief continued: ‘While the designs should reinforce the image and identity of the midtown and downtown districts in which they are located, they should not compete with the bold design of the Peachtree Bridges.

‘Rather, they should utilize a distinctive “kit of parts” that can be replicated in interesting combinations on subsequent bridge projects to create a common visual language that unifies the connector.’

Six shortlisted teams will receive around £5,300 each to participate in the competition’s second round and two winners will receive design contracts.

The deadline for registration is 5pm EST on 3 March.



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