27th May 2014 • News
'The Great British Fish & Chips Bridge'
'The Great British Fish & Chips Bridge' Wins 'Design a Bridge' Competition
Congratulations to the winner of our national 'Design a Bridge' competition, Toby Ayres, aged eight, from Harlow in Essex, for his wonderful design, ‘The Great British Fish and Chips Bridge’! See his masterpiece transformed into an amazing ‘real-life’ 3D model displayed in Tower Bridge Exhibition from Thursday 29th May until 31st August 2014 for our 2,000 daily visitors.
As part of Tower Bridge’s 120th birthday celebrations, children aged between six and 14 were invited to design the second most famous bridge in the world, and hundreds of inventive entries flooded in.
Judges were won over by Toby’s mouth-watering creation which was beautifully executed and also felt to have perfectly captured the spirit of the competition.
The budding architect’s colourful bridge took the classic design of Tower Bridge, with its two imposing towers as a starting point and reinterpreted as a ‘homage’ to the all-time British classic – and Toby’s favourite meal! His attention to detail seen in the green peas on the top of forks and Union Jack flags were felt by the judges to be inspired.
Congratulations also to our two runners up: Abdullah Khan (age 13) from London and Demi Fletcher (age nine) from Cambridge.
The entries were judged by an independent panel, which included Isabel Wolfe Barry, the great, great granddaughter of the bridge’s original civil engineer, Sir John Wolfe Barry, who said: "The judges were extremely impressed by the entries that we received. There are some very talented young people out there, which bodes well for the bridges of the future!”
Buy Tower Bridge Exhibition tickets online and see Toby’s design in 3D form, as well as other family-friendly exhibitions including 'Great Bridges of the World', 'The Sixties' and 'Art at the Bridge #5'.
Stay tuned to view some of the fantastic entries we received…