Linking the Lands

RIBA South West and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW); and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the South West and Wales are pleased to announce Jason Skelton won the inaugural Graduate Award in the Linking the Lands Ideas Competition from RIBA and ICE in Wales and the South West, with a artistic and symbolic interpretation of the brief to cross the Severn called Crossing?.

The Professional Award went to CODA Architects and Buro Happold for their provocative Linkin’ Parcs concept, with Quattro Architects and Arup scooping a Special Prize for Creativity with Concorde. Awards were handed out at Cardiff’s Pierhead Building in June, and the exhibition is currently at Bristol Central library until 30 August.

See all the winning and shortlisted ideas:

The Ideas competition and exhibition highlight the potential of a third crossing of the Severn (Afon Hafren). The first Severn Bridge arose out of the need to bridge the gap between England and Wales. The second Severn Bridge was built because of the sheer weight of traffic travelling across the original bridge. Now that traffic is currently growing at an average rate of 3% per year, perhaps the time is right to consider a third crossing?
ICE and the RIBA in Wales and the South West invited architects, engineers and students of either discipline to submit speculative concepts for a third crossing of the
Severn Estuary within the project ‘Linking the Lands’. There will be no commitment to build the scheme. To encourage architects and engineers to develop working relationships with each other, we welcomed teams or partnerships of mixed disciplines to enter, as well as entries from individuals.

Competition objectives:

  • To raise the profile of architecture and engineering across Wales
    and the South West of England.
  • To emphasise the partnership between engineering input and the
    architectural design process.
  • To encourage good working relationships to develop between
    architects and engineers.
  • To design a concept crossing for the sole reason of providing
    passage over the obstacle of the Bristol Channel. We hope that
    your imagination will lead to creative interpretations of ‘Linking
    the Lands’.
  • To design a crossing between the land on the Welsh side of the 
    Severn and the English side.

Supported by:

ConstructionSkills Wales
University of Bath
University of Glamorgan
Newport University


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