Build a Bridge for Salford

Sponsor: RIBA, Salford City Council

Location: Salford, UK

Type: Open, international, two stage

Languages: English

Eligiblity: Open to registered architects and engineers worldwide.

Fee: £50+VAT


Three shortlisted teams will each receive honoraria of £4,000 + VAT. The winner’s honorarium represents an advance on their professional fee post competition.

Registration Deadline: 29 August, 2013

Submission Deadline: 5 September, 2013

Design Challenge:

Entrants are challenged to design a new pedestrian bridge across the River Irwell as part of Irwell River Park (IRP) in Salford, UK.

IRP aims to create an international waterfront destination that will catalyse the economic resurgence of the Manchester City Region over the next decade, and involves a sub-regional partnership of Salford, Manchester and Trafford Councils. It connects over £3 billion of investment by utilising the natural connectivity of the River Irwell and Manchester Ship Canal. Over £660 million of investment to date is transforming the riverside environment and creating new opportunities for residential and commercial investment, which will build confidence in future growth.

The Meadows site in Salford covers an area of around 7 hectares and forms the northern anchor of the Irwell River Park project. With 3 new bridges already constructed at MediaCityUK, Spinningfields and Greengate along the 8km stretch of IRP, Salford City Council is now seeking to design a new landmark pedestrian bridge linking The Crescent (A6) with The Meadows. Adjacent to the University of Salford, this new bridge will further unlock the vast development potential of this major corridor linking Salford and Manchester, where game changing projects such as Salford Central and Greengate are already underway.

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