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Adams Kara Taylor wins Olympic footbridge design competition

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today revealed the winner of the competition to design a 26m span footbridge over the River Lea in the centre of the London 2012 park.

Heneghan Peng Architects, with structural engineers Adams Kara Taylor, beat five other bidders in the shortlist to design the landmark structure that will link the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Basketball Arena.

ODA infrastructure and utilities director Simon Wright said: "The winning team impressed the design jury with their understanding of the need to plan Games and legacy together. Their designs will help us lock-in legacy now by designing a bridge that meets Games-time needs but which also leaves behind a striking structure in the heart of the Olympic Park for future generations to enjoy."

During the Games the bridge will have a total width of 55m to accommodate increased spectator numbers. After the Games temporary sections of bridge will be removed leaving two narrower bridges that span either side of Carpenters Lock, a unique 1930’s historic structure on the River Lea Waterway.

Heneghan Peng Architects directors Roisin Heneghan and Shih-Fu Peng issued a joint statement saying: "We are thrilled to have won this competition particularly after being faced by such incredible opposition. We hope that our design will form an important element within the spectacle of the London 2012 Games and as a striking element of the enhanced connections the Olympic Park will create in legacy."

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