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Results are announced for the international design competition for the new bridge over the Danube in Budapest

Budapest, Friday, 20 April 2018 (MTI) – The joint design by UNStudio and Buro Happold Engineering will be the blueprint for Budapest’s new bridge to connect South Buda and Csepel. The results of the international design competition for the new bridge over the Danube were announced in Budapest on Friday afternoon.

Of the 17 entries submitted for the design competition, the first prize has been awarded to the design submitted by the consortium of UNStudio and Buro Happold Engineering. UNStudio was the firm responsible for the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.

According to the assessment of the Evaluation Jury, the design for the two-pylon stayed girder bridge, with three traffic lanes in each direction and the possibility of tramway transport, is the statically soundest proposal, which is also aesthetically pleasing, graceful, slim, well-balanced and one that best fits with the cityscape.

Before the official announcement of the results, Budapest Mayor Mr. István Tarlós said that the bridges of Budapest have a total daily capacity in excess of 600,000 vehicles and several hundred thousand persons. Apart from the ‘relatively low’ capacity of bridges, congestions in the city centre are also due to the throughput of the roads around the congested areas, he pointed out.

The Mayor noted that there weren’t enough crossing points in the northern and southern parts of Budapest. Ever since the union of Csepel and Budapest, i.e. for nearly seventy years, there has been no direct link, within the city boundaries, between the Buda districts and district XXI.

Therefore, in agreement and in cooperation with the Budapest municipal council, the government decided that preparations for the construction of a new bridge over the Danube, to connect Galvani utca and Illatos út, had to be started as soon as possible.

István Tarlós said that the new bridge over the Danube will create a direct link between the districts Újbuda, Csepel, Ferencváros, Kispest and Kőbánya. According to impact study data, the construction of the new bridge may reduce the daily traffic load by almost 40 thousand cars along the bridges in the city centre and by almost 8 thousand vehicles along Üllői út.

The Mayor added that, in addition to the practical benefit of the new bridge to be built on the basis of the winning entry, the bridge and its surroundings will hopefully also become a symbol of 21st-century Budapest.

He said that the government and the municipal council were committed to turning Budapest into an increasingly liveable, loveable and healthy city.

Balázs Fürjes, Government Commissioner for Major Budapest Developments and president of the jury selecting the winning entry, said that the board had faced an embarrassment of riches. The applicants did not make their job easier as they had all submitted excellent designs. A contract will be concluded with the successful applicant, which will be followed by the creation of the complete and detailed designs and the obtaining of permits. The process is expected to take 2 to 3 years.

He pointed out that, with the construction of the bridge, an old project will finally be fulfilled: ideas for a potential bridge first appeared back in 1985. Later, in 1992, a design competition was conducted by the city, which, however, ‘came to nothing’ at that time. Still later, the potential bridge also featured in the transport system development plan in 2001, he added.

Balázs Fürjes stated that action followed when, in summer 2014, the Budapest Municipal Assembly, headed by István Tarlós, adopted the city’s urban development strategy, declaring that preparations for the construction of the new bridge had to be commenced in 2017. The design competition was published last year, he pointed out.

Balázs Fürjes emphasised: the new bridge will connect three districts and thus, according to optimistic estimates, it will reduce the traffic load of inner city bridges by 55 thousand cars a day.

A shared second prize was awarded to the consortium of Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects, Werner Consult and Smoltzcyk & Partner and the consortium of Lavigne & Chéron Architects, Bureau d'Etude Greisch, Közlekedés Consulting Engineers and Geovil. The former created the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, whereas the latter are best known for the Terenez Bridge in France, the press release explained.

Three entries—those of the consortium of Knight Architects and Ove Arup & Partners, the consortium of SpeciálTerv, Pipenbaher Inzenirji and Bright Field Studios, and that of the Pont-TERV design office—were considered by the Evaluation Committee worthy for purchase.

According to a publication on the submitted entries, the successful applicant presented their design in the following words: ‘the stayed girder structure of a span of 220 metres preserves an unobstructed view on various levels while moving outwards from the city or towards the bridge; thus a new urban icon will be created, which will emphasise the development of Southern Budapest’. Download final report

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COMPETITION SUMMARY

The northern parts of Budapest are substantially more developed than its southern parts. While proceeding 10 km-s of the city centre towards the north we still find a rather developed and organised urban fabric, however this cannot be said about the southern region. In view of the above fact and that the last crossing over the Danube, i.e. the Megyeri Bridge, which was built in 2008, also lies north, it is evident that the next development should be carried out in the south.
Csepel and its surrounding have tremendous untapped potential, the area is the unexploited treasure of Budapest. The key to the rapid development of this district is the establishment of a quick and direct – currently still missing – connection with Buda and its neighbouring districts.
Within the framework of the extensive technical/professional conciliation process during the past years bearing in mind the effective national development plans and those of the capital city, the existing urban structure and transportation system of the capital was revised again with exceptional care. As a result of these particularly extensive consultation process, a number of correlated transportation and urban development objectives and projects were defined, which are of key importance for Budapest and predominantly the southern Budapest area and are forward-looking in respect of the capitol’s development.
On the basis of these objectives, in agreement with the Municipal Government of Budapest, the Government has decided that preparations for a new 2x3-laned – including a tram way – bridge over the Danube must be commenced to link Galvani street and Illatos road (Galvani utca – Illatos út) to create a new river crossing (“New Danube Bridge”).
There is professional consensus concerning the need for the New Danube Bridge since the 1980s. So much so, that in 1993, the Budapest Municipal Assembly adopted a decision on its construction which, however, was never started due to lack of funds. By contrast to the approximately 1 kilometre distance between bridges in the downtown area, there is no river crossing at this designated section of the Danube for about 15 km. In fact, there has been no direct link between the Buda districts and District XXI within the city limits for almost 70 years, since Csepel was merged into Budapest on 1 January 1950.
The need for this bridge is evidently justified by the circular and radial road network of the capital. In absence of a bridge, the previously under-utilised areas located south of the city could only develop with significant compromises. This is particularly true for the northern parts of Csepel Island, which, in spite of their remarkable features and the closeness of downtown Budapest, was not able to develop adequately up until now.
In addition to helping explore, approach and develop the relevant areas, the New Danube Bridge can bring relief to the overcrowded downtown area by removing a significant part of the traffic. Through the future extension of the route, a new ring road in Budapest can be developed, providing a direct link between Újbuda and Csepel, Ferencváros and Kispest and Kőbánya. It is for this reason that the development plans of Budapest have, for 30 years, included the construction of a new Danube bridge.
Apart from its primary effect on the city’s transport system and urban texture, the construction of a new bridge essentially determines the cityscape of its immediate neighbourhood. The New Danube Bridge will thus play a significant role in shaping the city’s image, determining the cityscape of Southern Budapest and the quality of life of local residents for decades or perhaps even centuries to come. Consequently, the construction of the bridge is not only an opportunity spanning over generations but also a responsibility of a similar magnitude, which must be exercised with proper circumspection. With that in mind, the Government has agreed that, as an exception, an international design contest be announced for the first time since 1894 in order to select the designer.
Therefore, KKBK Nonprofit Zrt., acting as the Contracting Entity, issues an invitation and pre-qualification based, international architecture Design Competition for the design of a new 2x3-lane width Danube bridge, i.e. the New Danube Bridge to be built. The bridge is the central structure of the road from southwest-Buda through the Csepel Island and Illatos út right up to Üllői út, the road infrastructure of which, simultaneously with the bridge over the Ráckeve – (Soroksár) – Danube arm is designed by the Nemzeti Infrastuktúra Fejlesztő Zrt. (National Infrastructure development Plc.).

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BUDAPEST BRIDGES

Chain Bridge

Structural type: 3 span, stone piers,
suspension bridge
Total length: 380 m
Spans: 3
Main spans: 203 m
Total width: 14,8 m
Road: 2x1
Railway: no
Cycle: no

1839-1849

Margaret Bridge

Structural type: 6 main & 2 side span, steel arch bridge
(1 span side-bridge to Margaret island in the middle)
Total length: 607 m
Spans: 8
Main spans: 88 m
Total width: 25 m
Road: 2x2
Railway: yes
Cycle: yes

1872-1876

Southern Railway Bridge

Structural type: Steel truss bridge
Total length: 472 m
Spans: 9
Main spans: 98 m
Total width: 2x7,3 m
Road: no
Railway: yes
Cycle: no
 

1873-1876

Liberty Bridge

Structural type: 3 span, iron cantilever bridge
Total length: 334 m
Spans: 3
Main spans: 175 m
Total width: 20,1 m
Road: 2x1
Railway: yes
Cycle: no
 

1894-1896

Elisabeth Bridge

Structural type: 3 span, steel suspension bridge
Total length: 380 m
Spans: 3
Main spans: 290 m
Total width: 27,1 m
Road: 2x3
Railway: no
Cycle: no
 

1898-1903

Northern Railway Bridge

Structural type: Steel truss bridge
Total length: 665 m
Spans: 8
Main spans:  92 m
Total width: 10 m
Road: no
Railway: yes
Cycle: yes
 

1894-1896

Gubacsi Bridge

Structural type: Truss girder bridge
Total length: 145,5 m
Spans: 7
Main spans: 54 m
Total width: 25 m
Road: 2x1
Railway: yes
Cycle: yes
 

1924

Kvassay Bridge

Structural type: Steel deck-girder
and truss girder bridge
Total length: 97,4 m
Spans: 2
Main spans: 47,2 m
Total width: 12+9 m
Road: 2x2
Railway: yes
Cycle: yes

1927

Petőfi Bridge

Structural type: 3 main & 4 side span,
steel truss deck-girder bridge
Total length: 514 m
Spans: 7
Main spans: 154 m
Total width: 25,6 m
Road: 2x2
Railway: yes
Cycle: no

1933-1937

Árpád Bridge

Structural type: 12 span, steel
deck-girder bridge
Total length: 928 m
Spans: 12
Main spans: 103 m
Total width: 35,4 m
Road: 2x3
Railway: yes
Cycle: yes

1939-1950

Deák Ferenc Bridge

Structural type: Steel girder bridge
Total length: 770 m
Spans: 9
Main spans: 108 m
Total width: 21 m
Road: 2x4
Railway: no
Cycle: yes
 

1987-1990

Rákóczi Bridge

Structural type: 6 span, continuous
deck-girder bridge
Total length: 494 m
Spans: 6
Main spans: 98 m
Total width: 30,5 m
Road: 2x2
Railway: yes
Cycle: no

1992-1995

Megyeri Bridge

Structural type: Cable stayed bridge,
continuous span girder
Total length: 1862 m
Spans: 27
Main spans: 300 m
Total width: 36,16 m
Road: 2x2
Railway: no
Cycle: yes

2008
EVALUATION JURY

Chairman

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Balázs Fürjes

Government Commissioner for Major Budapest Developments

Introduction

After graduating from the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University, he worked as senior executive and legal counsel in the private sector for 15 years. Currently, as Government Commissioner for Major Budapest Developments, he is responsible for overseeing projects that shape the image of the entire city, such as the construction of the FINA Danube Arena, the Groupama Arena, the Papp László Arena, and the House of Fates, as well as the refurbishment of the Aquarium Music Centre and conference hall. The current projects managed by Balázs Fürjes include the development of the new campus for the National University of Public Service, including the reconstruction of the Orczy Garden and also the construction of the new Puskás Ferenc Stadium.

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Dr. Dénes Dalmy

delegate of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers

Introduction

Completed his studies in the Faculty of Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Associate Professor, acquired the title “Doctor of Technology”. Has been carrying out design and expert work as the owner of Propontis Kft. and its legal predecessor since 2002. Has participated in the preparation, design and implementation of many important projects, including the Megyeri Bridge, the Zala Bridge in Zalaegerszeg, the Kőröshegy Viaduct, and the Pentele Bridge. Became President of the Substructure Division of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers in 2008.

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Etelka Barsi-Pataky †

(1941-2018)
Certified engineer, Hungarian Chamber of Engineers

Introduction

Certified engineer, specialist in urban engineering. Together with her designer colleagues she has won, among others, first prize for the Lágymányosi Danube Bridge design competition. Over the course of her career she has held several important positions, including: Chair of the Budapest Urban Development Committee, Principal Private Secretary at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Water Management, Chair of the Council for Expo ’96 with an honorary State Secretary rank, Member of the Hungarian Parliament, Ambassador of Hungary to Vienna, Member of the European Parliament, and President of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers between 2009 and 2017.

Member

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Erika Miklósa

Opera singer, winner of the Kossuth Prize, the Liszt Ferenc Prize, and the Prima Primissima Prize

Introduction

At the age of 19 – the youngest in history – she was contracted by the Hungarian State Opera. After graduating from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, in 1996, she continued her studies abroad by becoming a scholar at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and later at the Academy of Scale of Milan.
Until 1999 she was a member of the Hungarian State Opera, and since 2004 she is a permanent actor of the New York Metropolitan. Beside the genre of opera, she also finds pleasure in the world of operetta; starring at many exclusive gala concerts.
She is involved in healthcare, sports, charity and talent management, in 2011 she was the ambassador of volunteering in Hungary and was awarded the International Fair Play Award in 2012. In 2013, after singing in Los Angeles, she flew to New York to run the marathon.

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György Fekete

President of the Hungarian Academy of Arts

Introduction

Received his degree in interior design from the College of Applied Arts. Participated in numerous large design projects for the General Construction Design Company as lead designer. The author of hundreds of articles, script writer and presenter of six television series covering the culture of environment. Joined the Hungarian Academy of Arts in 1995 and has been president since 2010. Member of the Holy Crown Association. Kossuth Prize winner, Munkácsy Prize winner, Meritorious Artist.

Member

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Enikő Eszenyi

Actor, director, head of the Comedy Theatre of Budapest, winner of the Kossuth Prize and the Jászai Mari Prize

Introduction

She studied at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest, and graduated as an actress in 1983. As actress, she has played numerous leading roles from among the masterpieces of drama literature. Her performance in several plays was acknowledged through the award for the best actress.

She staged her first production as theatre director in 1991. She received several prizes and awards for the plays she directed both in Hungary and abroad. Thanks to her success in Europe as theatre director, she was invited to the Arena Stage in Washington as well.

She appeared in more than 25 feature films and at least the same number oftelevision films. She got prizes for her performance in films from both professionals and the audience.

Apart from professional prizes, Eszenyi has been awarded several Hungarian State awards for her work. First she received the Jászai Mari Prize and the title of Artist of Merit, then, in 2002, she was decorated by the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious Hungarian state award, while, in 2007, she received the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit. In 2010 she was appointed as Ambassador of Hungarian Culture. In January 2012, she became the Person of the Year and she also received the prize of the Artist of the Year 2011.

On 1 February 2009 she was appointed as Artistic Director of the Comedy Theatre of Budapest called “Vígszínház”

Member

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Dr. István Schneller

Hild Prize-winning architect, urban planner, PhD in technical sciences

Introduction

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Budapest in 1973. From 1975 to 1990 he worked at the Scientific and Planning Institute of Urban Construction, where he was responsible for drawing up regional and urban master plans. In the meantime, he carried out research activity at the Department of Urban Planning and Design of the Technical University of Budapest, which served as the basis of his PhD thesis on the theories of architectural space. From 1991 to 1994, he was the deputy mayor of Budapest responsible for urban management and development. As chief architect of Budapest from 1995 to 2006, he oversaw the elaboration of the Hungarian capital’s long-term Development Concept and Master Plan. In 2006, as professor at the Szent István University, he established and launched the university’s independent five-year course of urban planning, where he is still a professor. His selected works were published under the title “Az Építészeti Tér minőségi dimenziói” (Quality Dimensions of Architectural Space). He is a member of the Chamber of Hungarian Architects, the Hungarian Society for Urban Planning, the Committee on Town Planning of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Habilitation Committee of the Faculty of Architecture of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Member

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Michel Virlogeux

Michel Virlogeux Consultant SARL

Introduction

Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He worked at the French Highway Administration for 20 years and he was head of the concreate bridges division and the large bridges division. During this period he designed many bridges with his team, including the Normandie Bridge. He received many awards and he is Member of the French Academy of Technology, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and of the Royal Society of Edimburgh.

Member

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Dr. Yozo Fujino

Professor of the Yokohama National University

Introduction

Dr. Yozo FUJINO was Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo from 1990 to 2014 and now Distinguished Professor of Institute of Advanced Sciences, Yokohama National Univeristy. His area of expertise comprises dynamics, control and monitoring of bridges and structures, earthquake- and wind-effects on structures. He is also interested in cable-supported long span bridges.
Professor Fujino has been involved in many international projects including Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Tatara Bridge Japan and Millennium Bridge (vibration control), UK. Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, Padma Bridge in Bangladesh.
He was recently appointed to be a policy adviser in the Council of Science and Technology, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan and is in charge of a 5-years large research project “Infrastructure maintenance, renovation and management”.

Member

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