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Contest launched for £4m bridge at Tintagel Castle

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English Heritage has launched a competition for a ‘structurally-daring’ footbridge at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall

The two-stage contest, which is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants, is calling for teams with architectural and engineering expertise to design a £4 million bridge for the historic site.

Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall is linked to the legend of King Arthur, and now just the ruins for the 13th-century castle remain connected to the headland with a narrow land bridge that has been eroded over the centuries.

The new footbridge will stand 28 metres higher than the current crossing and will span more than 70 metres.

English Heritage said the design must be ‘elegant, structurally daring and beautiful in its own right, while being sensitively balanced with the landscape and exceptional surroundings’.

The competition jury which is chaired by Allies and Morrison partner Graham Morrison, includes Foster + Partners’ Roger Ridsdill Smith, author Philip Marsden, Peter Beacham, Tracey Wahdan, and Anna Eavis from English Heritage , the Prince’s Foundation’s Ben Bolgar, Oxford University professor of archaeology Barrington Cunliffe and landscape architect Kim Wilkie.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 July and a shortlist will be drawn up in August. The shortlisted entries will then work up their schemes ahead of a public exhibition and the winning scheme is set to be revealed early next year.

More information on how to enter can be found, here.

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