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Six to battle it out for Bootle bridge

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A host of international architects have been shortlisted to design a new footbridge over the Leeds to Liverpool canal in Bootle, in Liverpool's Sefton area.

The shortlist includes Youssef Ghali from Egypt; B & C Associati from Italy; Arca from Manchester; and London's Chris Curtis & Elliott Wood, Hakes Associates, and Softroom.

The shortlist was whittled down from an original 88 entries to the RIBA competition, and they will now be invited to discuss their design concepts with a jury panel.

RIBA adviser Renato Benedetti said: 'We were delighted with the energetic response to the competition. The 88 entries showed a wide variety of approaches and solutions and the shortlist is interestingly diverse.

'We are looking forward to meeting the six shortlisted architects for the interview stage and selecting the winner.'

The improvement to the Leeds to Liverpool canal corridor is desperately needed. The site is a particularly rundown area of Bootle, one of the most dilapidated parts of the city.

Sefton Council member Lee Payne said: 'The interest in the competition has been amazing and really shows that the regeneration of south Sefton has captured the imagination.

'Choosing between the 88 designs was very difficult and is testament to the hard work put in by those who submitted entries.'

The remaining practices will battle it out in a competitive interview on 8 February.

by Richard Vaughan

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