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Designers shortlisted for Salford footbridge

14 Oct 13 Design groups from 31 countries pitched 172 submissions for a commission to design a new pedestrian bridge across the River Irwell in Salford.

The design submitted by Toby Savage Design with Wolfgang Buttress Studio and LDA Design
The design submitted by Toby Savage Design with Wolfgang Buttress Studio and LDA Design

Architects and engineers from as far afield as China, Australia, Chile, and India, came forward with a range of different designs, and have now been whittled down to just four.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • Atelier Zündel Cristea (Paris)
  • Mott MacDonald with Moxon Architects (Altrincham and London)
  • Toby Savage Design with Wolfgang Buttress Studio and LDA Design (Stockport)
  • Tonkin Liu with Arup (London).

The competition – held jointly by Salford City Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – looks to open up the untapped green space at the Meadows to local residents and students.

The site for the new bridge covers seven hectares and forms the northern section of the Irwell River Park (IRP) regeneration project.

Three new bridges have already been built across the Irwell and the Manchester Ship Canal, as part of plans to improve direct connections at key sites across Salford such as MediaCityUK and Greengate, alongside a bridge link to Manchester at Spinningfields.

The new bridge will help to connect these areas of Salford to the £650m redevelopment of Salford Central near to the University of Salford.

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Salford mayor Ian Stewart said: “The entries we have chosen are truly visionary for what they could offer to Salford. The bridge we hope to build here will be a crucial part of the area’s future. Huge investment is going into Salford Central and the Chapel Street area – an iconic bridge with a global reputation will sit perfectly with that.”

A winner will be chosen after interviews in November.

Picture above is the submission from Tonkin Liu and Arup while below is the entry from Mott MacDonald/Moxon Architects.

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