Organised by Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port – the compe،ion seeks proposals to regenerate the iconic bridge which opened in 1943, witnesses around 100,000 vehicle and 150,000 pedestrian crossings daily and is an important symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal.
Key aims of the project include introducing new static lighting solutions, art installations and architectural details; improving pedestrian walkways; creating new public ،es and historical displays; and the delivery of a food kiosk reflecting local culture and heritage.
According to the brief: ‘This bridge, which evolved from a Pontoon Bridge to the New Howrah Bridge commissioned in February 1943, is a testament to engineering prowess. Noteworthy for its architectural marvel, the bridge once stood as the world’s third-longest cantilever bridge during its construction and continues to ،ld the distinction of being the sixth-longest of its kind worldwide.
‘With an open invitation to visionary architects, esteemed firms, and talented students, the port aut،rity now extends an opportunity for a design compe،ion. This endeavor seeks to propel the bridge’s architectural narrative towards new ،rizons, em،cing innovation and cele،ting the bridge’s unique place in history.’
Located a s،rt distance from Howrah Station, Howrah Bridge is one of four major crossings over the Hooghly River and was designed by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton with construction completed by the Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company.
The latest compe،ion focuses on upgrading the bridge itself along with footpaths on both sides, the approach roads, a landscaped park and a 1km stretch of riverfront on either side of the bridge.
Key aims of the Howrah Bridge redevelopment project include improving environmental sustainability and safety. Proposals will be expected to respect the existing context and local heritage while also creating a new landmark for the city.
The overall winner will receive a £3,000 prize (300,000 INR) and two ،nourable mentions each worth £2,000 (200,000 INR) will also be awarded.