the ruins of tintagel castle, one of english heritage's most visited sites, has been announced as the site for a new two-stage international ideas competition. the castle, which is linked to the legend of king arthur, is located in north cornwall [in the south of the uk] and is built on a rocky outcrop connected to the mainland by a narrow, now eroded, land-bridge. english heritage require a new footbridge which will be 28 metres higher than the current one, spanning a total distance of 72 metres, with an estimated budget of around £4million [around $6.3million].
'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.'
'[we] envisage 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.'
competition website: http://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/tintagel/