Salford City Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced the winners of a proposed new pedestrian bridge across the River Irwell.
Tonkin Liu with Arup fought off a strong shortlist which included Atelier Zündel Cristea, Paris; Mott MacDonald with Moxon Architects, Altrincham and London and Wolfgang Buttress Studio with Toby Savage Design Limited and LDA Design, Stockport.
The site for the new bridge – The Meadows – covers around seven hectares and forms the northern section of the Irwell River Park (IRP) project.
The proposed new bridge will play a crucial role in connecting this important site to the £650 million redevelopment of Salford Central including Chapel Street, which has recently undergone an award-winning £10 million transformation, the University of Salford, and the historic Peel Park.
Renato Benedetti, McDowell + Benedetti, RIBA Adviser said “Tonkin Liu with Arup are worthy winners – their unique bridge is poetic, innovative and elegantly engineered with sinuous curves seamlessly linking the Meadows with the new public space to be created. Its sculptural qualities ensure it will be a joy to look at and to use, becoming an inspirational new urban marker for Salford.”
Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “The winner’s entry clearly stood out for its bold design. It could become an iconic centrepiece for the area. We will now be working with our partners to find the funding to create this stunning new bridge in the heart of Salford that will add to the city’s global reputation.”
Mike Tonkin of Tonkin Liu commented on their win “We are very excited about taking forward our project on this beautiful site, a place-making project that encompasses architecture, landscape and cutting-edge engineering. Our biomimetic design has grown out of many years of research with Ed Clark’s engineering team at Arup and will bring together many facets of our fascination with nature.”