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Soar bridge winner announced

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Paris-based Explorations Architecture has won the RIBA competition to design a new foot and cycle bridge over the River Soar in Leicester

The competition, organised by the RIBA on behalf of Leicester City Council and the Leicester Regeneration Company, is part of a wider regeneration project in the Abbey Meadows area of the city. The finished bridge will connect the National Space Centre and proposed Leicester Science Park with a planned residential development at Wolsey Island.

Jim Eyre, a partner at Wilkinson Eyre and RIBA adviser for the competition, said the winning design ‘displays both imagination and economy of needs, using only the necessary materials combined in an intelligent, elegant and purposeful way.’

The French firm worked with engineer Buro Happold to see off 150 other entries from around the globe. The other finalists were: Allies and Morrison with Price & Myers, Knight Architects with Gifford, Moxon Architects with Arup and McDowell + Benedetti with Arup and Ramboll Whitbybird.

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