Sheffield Parkway Iconic Bridge


Tim Norlund, a 23 year old architect from Denmark has beaten over 100 entries to gain first prize in the Sheffield Parkway footbridge competition. Norlund joined forces with Ramboll Whitby Bird, and together they will work with the client team (to be led by Rotherham Council) to take the scheme forward.



The competition seeks the best designers and ideas for a new bridge to be built over a major route close to Sheffield City Centre.

Category Competition Result / Project Competition
Type International Bridge Design Project Competition
Genre Bridge
Country Sheffield, UK
Registration Deadline 16 October 2007 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 16 October 2007 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Teams led by either an architect or an engineer who have the experience and competence to deliver the scheme.

The promoters have high aspirations for a bridge that will be 'a pleasure to cross, will respond to the local landscape, and will be deliverable and beautiful to look at.'

The bridge will provide a route over the A630 Sheffield Parkway, a busy dual carriageway which links the heart of Sheffield City Centre with the M1 motorway. It will provide a vital link for pedestrians, cyclists and horses between a new industrial and residential area and an existing woodland park. It is hoped the bridge will become a reference point for everyone using that route as well as helping to promote the regeneration of the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

The total design span is 37.8m.
The budget is £1.5m GBP excluding professional fees and VAT.

The Jury Panel will include representatives from Rotherham and Sheffield Council (including engineering) and RIBA Architectural Adviser Nik Randall from Spacecraft Architects.

Competition Type
Stage 1: Seeks initial designs which will be judged anonymously. A shortlist of up to five will be selected.
Stage 2: Interview and presentation to the Jury Panel.
Competitors shortlisted to Stage 2 will be expected to demonstrate their ability to either have the experience and competence to deliver the scheme, or that they are prepared to work with a partner architect or engineer to ensure deliverability.

The winning team will be appointed to take the project forward and through to completion.
A total honorarium of £27,000 is to be shared equally between entrants selected to proceed to Stage 2.

Entry Fee

Stage 1: Maximum of 2 A2 sheets
Stage 2: Further exploration of Stage 1 ideas

Shortlist notified: w/c 29 October 2007
Stage 2 Submissions: w/c 26 November
Stage 2 Judging (interviews): w/c 10 December

Sheffield Council, Rotherham Borough Council and Yorkshire Forward

Official Website