Six teams have been invited to create concept designs for the new pedestrian bridge at the spectacular Tintagel Castle site in Cornwall in south west England.
English Heritage has named a shortlist made up of architects and engineers from the UK, Belgium and France.
In alphabetical order, the teams are:
Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes with Terrell (France)
Marks Barfield Architects with Flint and Neill (UK)
Ney & Partners Civil Engineers with William Matthews Associates, Ettwein Bridges and Waagner Biro (Belgium)
Niall McLaughlin Architects with Price and Myers, and Max Fordham (UK)
RFR and Jean-François Blassel Architecte, with Engineers HRW, and WSP (France)
WilkinsonEyre with Atelier One (UK)
The decision of the selection panel – which included representatives of the jury, English Heritage and competition organiser, Malcolm Reading Consultants – was unanimous.
Graham Morrison, chair of the jury and founding partner of Allies & Morrison said: “The competition’s first stage attracted high-level interest from around the world and we were delighted with the response. In choosing the shortlist we looked for designers likely to produce a range of imaginative ways of making a beautiful and economic structure that is right for this very particular setting. The list comprises some fascinating collaborations of architects and engineers, a mix of great talent and experience. Refreshingly, bridge designers show a passion and enthusiasm that assembles straightforward and confident thinking with inspirations that are unique and sometimes unexpected."
An open day for the finalists will be held in September and the teams will have until 20 November to produce their concept designs. The new circa bridge will be 28m higher than the current crossing and will span 72m, offering views across Tintagel, the surrounding coastline, and the Atlantic seascape.
The brief asks finalists to design a beautiful, structurally-elegant bridge which will be in harmony with the setting, as Tintagel Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
English Heritage plans to reveal the concept designs to the public in an exhibition to be held in December.
Jury interviews will take place in January 2016, with the winner announcement expected in late January or early February.