In collaboration with the renowned civil engineering practice Ney & Partners from Brussels we were one of six shortlisted teams selected from 137 international entries asked to produce a design for a new footbridge linking the remains of Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.
Our winning proposal is based on a simple concept: to recreate the link that once existed and filled the current void. Instead of introducing a third element that spans from side to side, we propose two independent cantilevers that reach out and touch, almost, in the middle.
Visually the link highlights the void through the absence of material in the middle of the crossing. The structure, 4.5m high where it springs from the rock face, tapers to a thickness of 170mm in the centre, with a clear joint between the mainland and island halves. The narrow gap between them represents the transition between the mainland and the island, the present and the past, the known and the unknown, reality and legend; all the things that make Tintagel so special and fascinating.
Client: English Heritage
Location: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Status: Competition – Shortlisted
Team: Florian Ballan, William Conway
Ney & Partners: Laurent Ney, Matthieu Mallié, Aline Roger, Bart Bols
Heritage Consultant: Ettwein Bridges
Cost Consultant: Jackson Coles LLP
Geotechnical advice: Ramboll
Construction Advice: Waagner Biro
Illustrations: Hayes Davidson