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  • Tintagel is a truly special place.

  • In the early middle ages, Kings of Cornwall feasted lavishly with their subjects

  • There was a medieval castle here; this is the place where according to stories King Arthur was conceived.

  • And where the fated love affair of Tristan and Isolde all took place.

  • Historically Tintagel would have looked completely different to how it does now.

  • There is a natural chasm running through the middle of the site.

  • Those two halves would have been joined by a natural land bridge

  • In the 15th or 16th century, the land bridge collapsed taking the central part of the castle with it.

  • And now it almost looks as if there are two castles facing one another.

  • Access to the site is currently very challenging, with 148 steps from one side to the other.

  • So our solution is a new footbridge at high level, recreating the historic link from the mainland to the island.

  • The concept is very simple, two cantilevers that reach out from each side and touch almost, but not quite, in the middle.

  • The highlight of the crossing is obviously in the centre of the bridge

  • the narrow gap represents the transition between the island and the mainland

  • the present and the past, reality and legend

  • all the things that make Tintagel such a wonderful and compelling place.

  • Achieving a sense of harmony is one of the primary aims of the project

  • we want it to be both timeless but also of its time.

  • The main access route is via the historic gates in the inner walls.

  • At this point the bridge will reveal itself and open up dramatic views of the old castle.

  • The materials for the bridge are simple, durable and appropriate for the context of the site.

  • The bridge will be formed of stainless steel and carbon steel.

  • The bars beneath the deck are extremely fine and delicate and from a distance will disappear, highlighting the main arch structure.

  • People come to Tintagel for lots of different reasons,

  • maybe it's the buildings that fascinates them,

  • maybe it's the medieval castle that fascinates them

  • or just the landscape.

  • We hope the new bridge will enhance the visitor experience,

  • enabling more people to visit the site and increase their understanding of this amazing place.

Tintagel is a truly special place.

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Tintagel Castle: The Vision For A New Bridge

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    Summer posted on 2020/09/17
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