Winning entry described as “bold, elegant and uncluttered”

A team of European architects has won an ideas competition to come up with a new footbridge design for Network Rail.

The design by Danish practice Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Czech Republic-based firm and bridge specialist Strasky, Husty and Partners saw off more than 120 entries from 19 countries worldwide to win the competition, jointly run by the rail infrastructure company and the RIBA.

The competition was looking for ideas that were “innovative, challenged presumptions and raised expectations for the quality of future design”.

According to the judges, the winning design (pictured, below) “addressed the wide range of practical challenges whilst proposing a bold, elegant and uncluttered response that would create an uplifting experience to suit many contexts”.

Gottlieb Paludan has worked on a number of infrastructure schemes across Scandinavia, including a refurb of Copenhagen’s central station.

UK practice Hawkins\Brown, which had teamed up with WSP, was highly commended

Anthony Dewar, head of buildings and architecture at Network Rail, said the competition winner would be added to the company’s new catalogue of improved station footbridge designs.

RIBA footbridge competition winner