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Revealed: Designs by finalists in Tintagel bridge contest

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The six shortlisted designs in the contest for the new £4 million footbridge at Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall have been made public today (3 December)

Among those in the running for the prize job are 2015 Stirling Prize finalist Niall McLaughlin, London Eye designers Marks Barfield, bridge experts Wilkinson Eyre and former Renzo Piano star William Matthews Associates. The British practices are joined by France’s Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes and Jean-François Blassel Architecte.

The new footbridge will link the ruins of the 13th-century coastal castle, the mythical home of King Arthur, and the nearby headland. The winning scheme will stand 28 metres higher than the current crossing and span more than 70 metres. 

The shortlisted teams in full

  • Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes with Terrell (France)
  • Marks Barfield Architects with Flint and Neill (UK)
  • Ney & Partners Civil Engineers (Belgium) with William Matthews Associates (UK)
  • Niall McLaughlin Architects with Price and Myers, and Max Fordham (UK)
  • RFR and Jean-François Blassel Architecte, with Engineers HRW, and WSP (France)
  • Wilkinson Eyre with Atelier One (UK)

More than 130 entries were received in the contest - run by Malcolm Reading Consultants on behalf of English Heritage - with almost 40 per cent of submissions coming from overseas.

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.

Morrison said: ‘Here are six very different and clear ideas, all beautifully presented; we are delighted with the response to the brief. Any of these teams is capable of making a worthy addition to the setting.

‘The jury is very much looking forward to the detailed assessment process and, ultimately, selecting a winner.’

These proposals show a love of materials and engineering panache

Malcolm Reading, architect and competition organiser, added: ‘Designing a bridge for such a challenging environment is a daunting test but these proposals haven’t compromised - they show a love of materials and engineering panache.

‘The structure needs to say it all in a glance but it must also prove satisfying to use, economically-sound, practical to build, and have a healthy life-span.’

The concept designs will be on display at the Tourist Information Centre in Tintagel village from tomorrow (4 December) until 11 December.

Public feedback will be passed to the judges who meet to interview the teams and select a winner early in the New Year.


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