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Arup wins first RIBA bridge competition

MILLENNIUM FOOTBRIDGE designer Ove Arup and architect Brookes Stacey Randall have won the design competition for the new £1.7M road bridge across the River Stour near Sudbury, Suffolk.

The bridge design competition was the first to be run by the the Royal Institute of British Architects.

RIBA was asked to stage the competition by Suffolk County Council after the original Ballingdon Bridge was found to be under strength and suffering from severe foundation problems (NCE 8 June).

The bridge carries the busy A131 south of Sudbury, and innovative proposals for traffic management during the 12 month construction phase are said to have been a key factor in the award.

Access to the site is so restricted that Arup developed a slimmer, purpose built temporary bridge to keep traffic moving in both directions during construction.

'Most of the other shortlisted designs involved the use of Bailey bridges to carry traffic during the construction phase, ' said Arup associate Stuart Smith.

Precast concrete construction was chosen for the new bridge to minimise the need for working space near the crossing.

The judging panel said the threespan design was 'an elegant, robust design that would blend in well with the landscape'.

The winner beat off entries from Maunsell, Robert Benaim, Price & Myers and Techniker.

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