Winning Bridge Announced for Lancashire's River Douglas Crossing
An elegant structure has been chosen as the winning entry in a competition to design a new bridge to cross the River Douglas.
The successful entry was proposed by firm JDA Architects with Arup and has been awarded first prize in the RIBA administered competition. Lancashire County Council will now work with key stakeholders both in the public and private sector to progress delivery of the bridge and connecting links.
Cezary Bednarski, RIBA Architectural Advisor for the competition said "The winning team managed to combine elegance of form with innovation, delivering an entry, which should become a high quality landmark. I am pleased that the winning design did not seek undue attention dominating the setting".
The jury panel, which included representatives from Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire District Council, South Ribble Borough Council and the North West Regional Development Agency made their decision following presentations from the seven short-listed competitors. The competition originally attracted 110 entries in June which were short-listed in July.
Strong support has been received for a new bridge on the line of the former railway between Hesketh Bank and Much Hoole, from the majority of local people who attended public exhibitions at Walmer Bridge and Hesketh Bank in September. In total 271 consultation feedback forms were received, with considerable support for the winning design.
Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development said; "Although the proposal is still at a very early stage this crossing represents a great opportunity to develop sustainable transport links in the area by allowing people to visit this unique part of the region without using the car."
The proposed location for the bridge is the site of the former Preston to Southport railway bridge between Hesketh Bank and Much Hoole. It will provide a crucial link for people wishing to travel and explore West Lancashire and South Ribble on foot, by bicycle and on horseback. The bridge will also provide a focal point and catalyst for access within the Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park and the proposed River Douglas Linear Park.
Bob Allen from the Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park said "The River Douglas bridge will be a crucial gateway opening up sustainable access to the internationally recognised wildlife habitats within the Regional Park."
To find out more about the River Douglas Bridge project visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/remade