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'Linking the Lands': Severn crossing competition

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RIBA South West, the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the South West have teamed up for an ideas competition and exhibition highlighting the potential of a third crossing of the Severn

The first Severn Bridge arose out of the need to bridge the gap between England and Wales. The second Severn Bridge was built because of the sheer weight of traffic travelling across the original bridge. Now that traffic is currently growing at an average rate of 3% per year, perhaps the time is right to consider a third crossing?
ICE and the RIBA in Wales and the South West are inviting architects, engineers and students of either discipline to submit speculative concepts for a third crossing of the Severn Estuary within the project ‘Linking the Lands’. There will be no commitment to build the scheme.

To encourage architects and engineers to develop working relationships with each other, we welcome teams or partnerships of mixed disciplines to enter, as well as entries from individuals. Teams should be of no more than 4 members, including both architects and engineers.

Competition objectives:

  • To raise the profile of architecture and engineering across Wales
    and the South West of England.
  • To emphasise the partnership between engineering input and the
    architectural design process.
  • To encourage good working relationships to develop between
    architects and engineers.
  • To design a concept crossing for the sole reason of providing
    passage over the obstacle of the Bristol Channel. We hope that
    your imagination will lead to creative interpretations of ‘Linking
    the Lands’.
  • To design a crossing between the land on the Welsh side of the 
    Severn and the English side.
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