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Revealed: Six rival designs in Bath bridge contest


Six competing designs for a new £2.5 million crossing over the River Avon in central Bath have been unveiled

The rival visions – drawn up by a shortlist featuring Heneghan Peng, Amanda Levete and Grimshaw – feature in a public exhibition launched today (14 September).

McDowell & Benedetti, Moxon Architects with Flint & Neill and French architect and engineer Marc Mimram complete the shortlist of firms competing for the high-profile job.

The shortlist in full

  • AL_A/AFA Consult
  • Flint & Neill/Moxon Architects
  • Grimshaw/Buro Happold
  • Heneghan Peng/Ove Arup
  • Marc Mimram/Webb Yates
  • Price & Myers/McDowell & Benedetti

Launched by Bath and North East Somerset Council in February, the open competition for the ‘simple and elegant’ £2.5 million crossing attracted 49 teams from around the world.

The new 65m-long cycle and footbridge is part of the authority’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.  

The winning scheme 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 leader Time Warren said: ‘The new bridge is an essential component of the council’s plans to create a new business district, Bath Quays, in the city’s riverside quarter. 

‘A development of the scale of Bath Quays is a fantastic opportunity for Bath to reinvent a somewhat overlooked corner and connect it with the vibrant and beautiful historic city.’

The six designs will feature in a public exhibition inside the city’s One Stop Shop on Manvers Street from 14 to 25 September.

The public will be invited to select a favourite design which will be considered by the jury ahead of its final decision.

Judges include Jane Wernick of Jane Wernick Associates and Grant Associates-founder Andrew Grant.





Readers' comments (2)

  • mmmmmm. that's what a PPQ design competition gives- not a lot. sorry, but it should have been a anonymous competition and then perhaps we might have got something a bit more inspiring

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  • So, a bridge is a bridge is a bridge.

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