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Shortlist revealed in Tintagel Castle contest

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Niall McLaughlin, Marks Barfield, Wilkinson Eyre and William Matthews Associates are among the practices vying for the £4million bridge project at Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall

The British practices are joined on the six-strong shortlist by France’s Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes and Jean-François Blassel Architecte. 

The shortlisted teams in full

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

More than 130 entries were received in the Malcolm Reading Consultants-run contest and almost 40 per cent of submissions came from overseas.

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 spanning more than 70 metres.

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: ‘The competition’s first stage attracted high-level interest from around the world and we were delighted with the response. In choosing the shortlist we looked for designers likely to produce a range of imaginative ways of making a beautiful and economic structure that is right for this very particular setting.

‘The list comprises some fascinating collaborations of architects and engineers, a mix of great talent and experience.’

‘Refreshingly, bridge designers show a passion and enthusiasm that assembles straightforward and confident thinking with inspirations that are unique and sometimes unexpected.’

The teams now have until 20 November to produce concept designs for the bridge before a public exhibition in December.

The final interviews will take place in January with a winner decided early next year.

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