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In Pictures: London Bridge 800 competition winners

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All of the designs for the recent London Bridge ideas competition will be exhibited in the CUBE Gallery in Manchester

The competition was launched in May on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA), a Livery Company of the City of London. The competition marked the 800th anniversary of the opening of the first London Bridge in 1209AD and invited today’s designers to imagine a new version of the inhabited bridge. 

The competition received 73 entries from the UK, Europe and as far afield as the USA, Argentina, China, Hong Kong and South Africa. 

Winning schemes 

1st Prize – Laurie Chetwood, Chetwoods, London

2nd Prize – Lawrence Friesen, GenGeo, Ilona Hay, London

3rd Prize – Ryszard Rychlicki, student, Poznan, Poland

Laurie Chetwood’s winning design was described by the judges as ‘beautifully presented, wildly imaginative and a unanimous first choice’. 

David Cole-Adams, Clerk to the WCCA said ‘The Company of Chartered Architects have been delighted with the response to the Competition and the fact that a number of entrants had told them that it had been enormous fun taking part in a short, sharp, ideas competition. Perhaps, before Boris Johnson holds his competition for an inhabited bridge further downstream, he might wish to look at the entries and take inspiration from the quality of the ideas raised through this competition!’

  • All the design entries will be exhibited at CUBE Gallery, 113 - 115 Portland Street, Manchester, 7 November to 18 December 2009
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