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BREEZING IN

Structural engineer Gifford and architect Wilkinson Eyre sailed to victory over an Arup led team in the competition to design a new harbour crossing for Poole, Dorset. The winning design for a bridge that could open to allow vessels through is a bascule lift bridge with 19m of the deck sliced diagonally to form triangular halves. When raised hydraulically the two halves evoke two rising sails. The bridge is expected to be finished in 2006 and will be operated alternately with the existing lifting bridge 400m downstream to relieve road congestion.

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