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'Bomb blasted bridge' is 1999's building challenge

REDEVELOPMENT OF a bomb devastated bridge in central London is the gauntlet thrown down to this year's Build a Building Competitors, at the ICE on 10-11 April.

Interdisciplinary teams will work on the imaginary redesign of Hungerford Bridge near Charing Cross Station. Charing Cross station is presented as permanently closed after a terrorist bomb explosion on the Embankment beneath the northern end of Hungerford Bridge. The railway bridge needs redesigning into a pedestrian/light transit crossing.

Teams will be given the weekend to outline their designs, form a contract strategy and take the project from construction phase to completion. Judges will be looking out for improved transport links, site amenities and a design which offers open views of the Palace of Westminster. Conservation of surviving elements of the 1845 bridge will be taken into account.

Build a Building is held annually at the ICE to increase the understanding between construction professionals. Teams will be asked demonstrate understanding of the whole building process.

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