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Tintagel Castle bridge contest attracts big numbers

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The two-stage contest to design a £4 million bridge at Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall has received 137 submissions from 27 countries

Almost 40 per cent of entries into the competition, which was organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, came from overseas with bids received from ‘top-tier engineering and architectural bridge specialists’ in Russia, India, Japan, South Africa and Chile.

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.

Kate Mavor, chief executive of project-backer English Heritage, said: ‘We’re delighted that the design community has responded so enthusiastically to this project. Tintagel Castle is undeniably one of the most spectacular sites in our care, a thrilling combination of the man-made and natural world.

‘We’re really looking forward to seeing the shortlist.’

Malcolm Reading, architect and competition organiser, added: ‘Bridge design is a kinship of specialised engineers and highly creative architects,
typically working in collaboration, and the Tintagel competition has intrigued designers worldwide.

‘The evocative setting and compelling brief give this project an exceptional profile, and while it has attracted some brilliant specialists, we’re also pleased that newer studios are in the mix too.’

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.

A shortlist of six teams will be announced next month.


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