A design by Ian Ritchie Architects and Schlaich Bergerman & Partner has been chosen as the winner of Stratford-upon-Avon's River Avon footbridge competition. The competition was organised by the RIBA Competitions Office on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.
The new bridge forms part of a comprehensive masterplan to regenerate Stratford's waterfront area, and also improve pedestrian and cycle links to and around the town.
The announcement follows two months of consultation and comments involving 2,500 people. Final judging involved a technical appraisal followed by assessment from a panel of judges chaired by RIBA architectural adviser David Morley. The panel chose the Ritchie/Schlaich Bergerman's scheme for its "simplicity and elegance". They felt its extreme slenderness and gentle curving shape shimmering in the light presented a potentially stunningly beautiful image for Stratford. The scheme was also the public's choice in consultation.
The other four competing architect/engineer teams were: Flint & Neill Partnership with Dissing & Weitling; Spence Associates with Buro Happold; whitbybird Ltd; and Wilkinson Eyre with Ove Arup & Partners.
The winning team will now work closely with the client and the people of Stratford to develop and deliver the winning concept.