English Heritage released images today of the shortlisted concept designs produced by the six teams vying to win the Tintagel Castle: Bridge Design Competition.
The images will go on public display at the Tourist Information Centre in Tintagel village from tomorrow until December 11, as well as being available digitally through the dedicated microsite.
English Heritage’s brief stated the winning design must be “…a bridge that is of its place, a bridge that, with its structural elegance and beauty, is in harmony with its extraordinary setting and landscape”.
The bridge will be 28m higher than the current crossing and open up exhilarating views of Tintagel, the surrounding coastline, and the Atlantic seascape.
“These concept designs bring the reality of a new bridge so much closer,” said Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage. “The competition is all about finding the right team but the concept designs help us to visualise each team’s approach and how a new bridge will complement this exceptional landscape.”
Tintagel Castle, a scheduled ancient monument that attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually, is inextricably linked to the legend of King Arthur and has been prized throughout history for its beauty and spirit of place within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Graham Morrison, chair of the jury, 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.”
Museums + Heritage Advisor announced the shortlist in September, which was chosen from 137 applications representing 27 different countries, including the US, Russia, India, Japan, South Africa and Chile.
The shortlisted designers are:
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 (UK)
RFR and Jean-François Blassel Architecte, with Engineers HRW, and WSP (France)
Wilkinson Eyre with Atelier One (UK)
Consultations on the design of the new bridge will start early next year in advance of consent applications later in the year. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2019.
Tintagel Bridge concept by Belgium team – Ney & Partners Civil Engineers with William Matthews Associates, Ettwein Bridges and Waagner Biro