31 October 2008

River Soar Footbridge competition announced

RIBA have announced a new competition for the design of a £1.5m foot and cycle bridge in Leicester, connecting the National Space Centre to a new residential development on Wolsey Island. They are seeking expressions of interest from suitable designers with a view to shortlisting six teams to produce entries, each of whom will receive a £6,000 honorarium.

The shortlisted firms should be announced in December, with a winner known by March 2009.

The jury panel includes experienced bridge architect Jim Eyre, with an engineering adviser yet to be confirmed (although I hear that it is likely to be someone with similar experience, suggesting along with the £6k payments that RIBA is gradually improving the way they run bridge design competitions).

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