Cornwall

Tintagel Castle bridge designs revealed by English Heritage

Bridge design by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes Image copyright Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Image caption Tintagel Castle was described as the birthplace of King Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 12th Century History of Britain

Designs for a new 285ft (87m) high footbridge at "one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain" have been unveiled.

English Heritage plans to build the £4m structure to reconnect two sites at Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall.

The settlement's divided landscapes were once united by a narrow strip of land.

A total of 137 concept designs from 27 different countries were submitted to a competition launched earlier this year.

Six have now been shortlisted and are going on display to the public in the Tourist Information Centre in Tintagel village until 11 December.

The final bridge will be subject to a number of consents and regulatory approvals, including planning permission and Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent, English Heritage said. It is planned for completion in 2019.

Image copyright Marks Barfield Architects with Flint and Neill
Image caption The competitors were briefed to design a beautiful, structurally-elegant bridge which would be in harmony with the landscape
Image copyright Niall McLaughlin Architects
Image caption Niall McLaughlin Architects, which designed this entry, previously won a competition to design the TQ2 footbridge beside Bristol Temple Meads Station
Image copyright WilkinsonEyre with Atelier One
Image caption The winner is expected to be announced in January 2016
Image copyright RFR and Jean-Francois Blassel Architecte
Image caption Jean-Francois Blassel, who has teamed up with French engineering firm RFR, is a Paris-based architect known for the simplicity of his designs
Image copyright Ney & Partners with William Matthews Associates
Image caption Tintagel derives from the Cornish Din Tagell, which means the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance