Tintagel Castle – Bridge Design Competition

Sponsor: English Heritage; Malcolm Reading Consultants

Type: International, Two stage, Expressions of Interest

Location: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, UK

Languages: English

Eligiblity: Proposed teams should be led by an architect or design engineer.

Budget and programme: Total project costs are estimated to be £4 million (including, fees, VAT and associated costs) and delivery of the bridge is expected to be by Spring 2019.


21 July 2014 – Expressions of Interest Due

Design Challenge: The international, two-stage design competition seeks an inspired and dedicated team, comprising both architectural and engineering expertise, for the circa £4m bridge project.

One of the most spectacular historic sites within English Heritage’s care and inextricably linked to
the legend of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall has been prized throughout history
for its elemental beauty and spirit of place. The ruins of the 13th-century castle are an outstanding example of a man-made monument interacting with a natural feature – the narrow land-bridge, much eroded over the centuries, linking the headland (or Island) with the mainland.

The new footbridge will be 28 metres higher than the current crossing and 72 metres in span. It
will open up exhilarating views of Tintagel, the surrounding coastline and Atlantic seascape as it
traces the path, now lost through collapse and erosion, of the original land-link. It is expected to
transform the visitor experience, improving both visitors’ understanding of the site and access.

English Heritage envisages an elegant, even structurally daring, concept which is beautiful in its own right and sensitively-balanced with the landscape and exceptional surroundings – Tintagel Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For more information, go to:  http://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/tintagel/