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.