Tintagel Castle Footbridge and Cambridge Central Mosque
Ramboll is delighted to have helped realise two projects that have been recognised by RIBA and selected as finalists for the Stirling Prize.
Alongside the nominated Ramboll projects, Tintagel Castle Footbridge and Cambridge Central Mosque, the six-strong 2021 shortlist is completed by the Town House academic building at Kingston University, Windermere Jetty Museum in the Lake District, Key Worker Housing for University of Cambridge and London’s 15 Clerkenwell Close housing development.
RIBA president Simon Alford said, "From a busy city mosque in Cambridge to a remote coastal bridge in Cornwall, the six projects vary tremendously in their location and use – but they are united in their ingenuity and creativity, their consideration of their local environment and historical context, and their use of high-quality materials. In their architects' attention to detail, and their clients' tenacity and commitment, these six projects set themselves apart.”
Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, Ramboll provided acoustic expertise and designed a bespoke system of natural ventilation for Europe’s first eco-mosque with striking timber structure.
Following a detailed study and research into the acoustic parameters and criteria of mosques, Ramboll undertook an extensive 3D acoustic modelling exercise of the Prayer Hall, a triple height space that houses 1000 people. Our aim was to create a sacred atmosphere with appropriate acoustic environment, a specified high-quality intelligent PA system was integrated into the design to optimise clear communication throughout the space.
The Stirling Prize jury commented, "It is a building of evident programmatic clarity and function, where one of those essential functions is religious contemplation and delight. It has created a new, 21st century, non-denominational British mosque that is both specific to its place and time and which resonates with wider Islamic and religious buildings."
Spanning across a steep cliff section of the North Cornwall coast, the footbridge at Tintagel has opened up exhilarating views of Tintagel Island, coastline and Atlantic seascape. Designed by William Matthews Associates, Ramboll’s ground engineering experts designed the foundations of the structure that has transformed the visitor experience at the historic site.
Ramboll was first involved at Tintagel in 2000, carrying out a stability review of the cliff faces which detailed risks associated with the site’s development. Following a further study by our geology and geotechnical specialists, Ramboll was subsequently commissioned to design and deliver the geotechnical investigation works, assist with the geological impact assessment for the overall Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and detailed design of the foundations to support the bridge abutments.
The Stirling Prize jury comments included, “This is much more than a bridge. It is a connector, an enabler, an interpreter and a spectacle all within its own right."
Awarded annually to buildings deemed to have made the most significant impact on British architecture, this year's Stirling Prize winner will be announced on 14 October.
Find out more about all finalists here.
Spanning across a steep cliff section of the North Cornwall coast, a new footbridge at Tintagel will open up exhilarating views of Tintagel Island, coastline and Atlantic seascape. Ramboll ground engineering team are designers for the foundations of the structure that will transform the visitor experience at the historic Tintagel Castle site.