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Taiwan opens Danjiang Bridge design contest

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Taiwan’s government has launched an international design competition for a new ‘landmark’ bridge over the mouth of the Tamsui River

The £165 million Danjiang Bridge will connect the island’s Tamsui and Bali districts and reduce congestion on the existing Guandu Bridge upstream.

‘Outstanding’ local and international teams are invited to submit designs for the 400 metre-span structure.

According to the brief: ‘Danjiang Bridge with its location at the Tamsui river mouth is destined to make a conspicuous landmark.’

Proposals must preserve local cultural assets; promote tourism and recreational activities; and be a positive addition to the horizon during sunsets.

The brief continued: ‘An appealing design and economic benefits will be key to [making] Danjiang Bridge a proud new landmark in Taiwan against the backdrop of Tamsui’s famous sunset.’

The crossing was originally conceived in 1998 and its need has become more pressing following the development of new tourism and leisure activities along the island’s northern coast.

Once finished the bridge will complete Tiawan’s northern seashore highway system and reduce travel time between the two shores by around 25 minutes.

The north-flowing Tamsui river runs for 168 kilometres between the Pintien Mountain and Taiwan Strait.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is 9.30am local time on 30 April.

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  • I bet they won't 'mark down' those entrants who have won a significant number of bridge design competitions - on their inexperience in bridge design.

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