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New Islington bridge competition


26 July 2007

Press release contact:

Linda Roberts
E: linda.roberts@riba.org

Gollifer Langston Architects working together with engineers Michael Hadi Associates, lighting specialists Foto-Ma and quantity surveyors Measur are announced as the winners of the competition to design and deliver a new footbridge over the Rochdale Canal in east Manchester which will link New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community with its neighbour Ancoats Urban Village.
Gollifer Langston's bridge will be a high level walkway and will provide great views across New Islington. The design draws together the three banks in a simple, sculptural form which emphasises movement and echoes the linear nature of the surrounding canals.
"We're thrilled that our bridge design has been chosen as the winner," said Mark Langston, Gollifer Langston Architects. "New Islington is an amazing project and we're pleased our bridge will be part of it."
The other short listed practices were: Glowacka Rennie Architects with Techniker; Barnaby Gunning, Gunning Groothuizen Architects and McChesney Architects with Atelier One.
The competition organised by RIBA, with the support of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) together with Urban Splash and its partners for New Islington, received 87 entries from practices across the UK, USA, Australia and all across Europe.
"Gollifer Langston has provided an exciting and interesting design to what was a pretty complicated brief," said Nick Johnson, deputy chief executive, Urban Splash. "The bridge is going to be an outstanding asset to New Islington."
"New Islington is about ambition; it's about setting your standards high then beating them some. We've already seen the results of other competitions for the project win awards and international recognition. We hope this bridge will be no exception."
"We're really pleased, the new bridge provides the final piece of the pedestrian route that will link Ancoats Urban Village directly to New Islington, the new park, new clinic and school and of-course to the planned new Metrolink station beyond," said Lyn Fenton, New East Manchester.
Open competitions have attracted some of the most exciting design teams from across the UK and the world to New Islington. The bridge competition is the sixth competition so far since the project was announced in 2000 and is the first of three open competitions planned for the project this year.
Urban Splash was appointed lead developer through competition, as was Will Alsop's strategic framework plan for the site; FAT's Islington Square houses, DeMetz Forbes Knight's homes; Grant Associates' vibrant landscape and public realm and Taylor Woodrow and shedkm's Botanic scheme which has now started on site.
New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community, is one of national regeneration agency English Partnerships' seven Millennium Communities - New Islington is a partnership between English Partnerships, Urban Splash and New East Manchester Ltd together with appointed social landlord, Manchester Methodist Housing Association. The 30 acre site, just east of Manchester city centre is being radically transformed to a strategic and ambitious vision created by Will Alsop. A new canal and water park, over 1500 new homes, office space, a school, a health clinic, shops, bars and restaurants are planned to be created, using the world's best architecture.

Notes to editors

Background information
Gollifer Langston Architects / Michael Hadi Associates / Foto-Ma (lighting) / Measur (QS)
Gollifer Langston Architects (GLA) is part of an emerging generation of architects who are building up a range of experience in public, education and commercial projects. GLA aim to create buildings that are legible in their form, sustainable and versatile with a strong sense of purpose and belonging to their location. The practice was founded by joint directors Andy Gollifer and Mark Langston and is based in Soho, central London. Their award-winning and widely published work has a reputation for its high quality of design, intuitive composition and innovation.
Michael Hadi Associates are experienced London based structural engineers and long-standing collaborators with Gollifer Langston Architects. MHA takes pride in the design of elegant yet economic and robust structures that are appropriate to the project brief. Finding the correct balance between quality, cost, programme and innovation for each scheme informs every aspect of MHA's working methods.
Measur are a professional practice located in central London specialising in client-side quantity surveying and project management since 1997. It is the aim of the practice to distinguish itself by offering high-quality services with objectivity, creativity and enthusiasm.
FOTO-MA is an award winning independent lighting architects practice based in Edinburgh. FOTO-MA are experienced in designing innovative and appropriate lighting solutions integral to a range of building types and architectural structures, including Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

For Further Information Please Contact
Lisa Ashurst, communications manager, Urban Splash on 0161 839 2999 or 07973 401123 or Email: lisaashurst@urbansplash.co.uk


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