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Stonecutters Bridge design 'sacrosanct'

STONECUTTERS BRIDGE detail designer Arup last week declared that the competitionwinning design it inherited from a Halcrow/Flint & Neill-led team is 'sacrosanct'.

The consultant said no changes will be made without very good technical reasons.

Hong Kong's Highways Department awarded the detail design contract to Arup in March after studying submissions from a shortlist of four consultants including the design competition winners (NCE 1 March).

At the time it was unclear how much Arup would be able to modify the original design for the record breaking cable stay crossing. The bridge will have a 1,018m main span and distinctive 290m high single leg towers.

But last week Arup director Naeem Hussain promised to honour the winning design concept.

'As far as we are concerned the shape and dimensions are sacrosanct and we will only change any details if there is a very good technical reason for doing so, ' said Naeem.

Arup's winning bid was judged on technical excellence and fee levels. 'We were placed first for technical content, and when these marks were added to our fee rating we were a long way ahead of the second placed team, ' he added.

NCE understands that Arup's fee bid was not the cheapest.

Second placed on technical merit was a bid from Mott Connell. Halcrow/Flint & Neill came third.

Dave Parker in Hong Kong

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