Back in 2005, Spence Associates and Techniker won the RIBA bridge competition for a £43m new highway bridge over the River Wear in Sunderland. The design has never been taken forward, and nor has it ever been revealed to the public. Quite why it is so top secret is anyone's guess, but Stephen Spence is clearly losing patience, as he has now called for the design to be revealed.
Apparently Sunderland Council have even turned down a Freedom of Information request to reveal the design. Spence states:
"You see so many schemes that never even materialise in which they proudly
show the designs. Here we have a lot of the money secured but no
That hardly seems unreasonable. The local regeneration company, Sunderland Arc, seemed to be using the competition as a way to get wider publicity for their local schemes, but it's hard to see how this can be achieved without actually letting anyone see the winning design.