Tintagel Castle: una passerella tra le scogliere della Cornovaglia

Un progetto da 4milioni di sterline per un ponte con campata da 72 metri

Candidature entro il 21 luglio 2015

English Heritage (EH) e la Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) lanciano un concorso per progettare una passerella strutturalmente audace tra le scogliere della Cornovaglia, con vista sul leggendario Castello di Tintagel.

English Heritage (EH) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) today [18 June 2015] launched the Tintagel Castle: Bridge Design Competition. The international, two-stage design competition seeks an inspired and dedicated team, comprising both architectural and engineering expertise, for the circa £4m bridge project.

One of the most spectacular historic sites within English Heritage's care and inextricably linked to the legend of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall has been prized throughout history for its elemental beauty and spirit of place. The ruins of the 13th-century castle are an outstanding example of a man-made monument interacting with a natural feature - the narrow land-bridge, much eroded over the centuries, linking the headland (or Island) with the mainland.

The new footbridge will be 28 metres higher than the current crossing and 72 metres in span. It will open up exhilarating views of Tintagel, the surrounding coastline and Atlantic seascape as it traces the path, now lost through collapse and erosion, of the original land-link. It is expected to transform the visitor experience, improving both visitors' understanding of the site and access.

English Heritage envisages an elegant, even structurally daring, concept which is beautiful in its own right and sensitively-balanced with the landscape and exceptional surroundings - Tintagel Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The new bridge will not only transform physical access but also rationalise routes around the site. It will allow visitors to experience the historic approach and entrance to the castle's inner bailey, and enable stories of the Dark-Age and medieval development of the site to be vividly brought to life.

The competition is being run in accordance with European Union procurement guidelines under the Restricted Procedure. Multi-disciplinary teams with expertise in contemporary design and engineering are invited to enter providing they can satisfy the criteria in the Expression of Interest document available through the competition website. No design is sought at the first stage of the competition.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 21 July 2015, the shortlist for the second stage will be announced in August and, following a public exhibition of the shortlisted entries, the winning team is expected to be announced in early 2016.

To read the detailed brief and enter the competition, competitors will need to visit: competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/tintagel


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