Bam Nuttall and Farrans will join forces to work on the final design and construction of Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing.
The firms were awarded the contract for the project, which is anticipated to cost £120M.
Both Bam and Farrans are currently working with a project team at Norfolk County Council to finalise detailed design and construction requirements for the bridge.
The news follows the close of the Stage 3 public consultation on the project at the start of December.
Moreover, the development consent for the project is due to be submitted in the spring. A public examination is expected later this year, with construction set to begin at the end of this year.
In a joint statement, Bam Nuttall divisional director for Southern England and Wales John Boal and Farrans civil engineering director David Parr, said: “Together we have an award-winning track record of working on successful projects of national importance and look forward to working collaboratively with Norfolk County Council and other stakeholders to deliver this strategic piece of infrastructure for the town and the East of England.”
Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council Graham Plant said: “Following the public consultation, this is an exciting and important next step in delivering this crucial infrastructure, which will bring significant benefits for residents, businesses and visitors, through improving traffic flows, helping to create thousands of jobs and unlocking further business, regeneration and growth opportunities.
“The government has already committed £98M towards the Third River Crossing, approved the outline business case and recognised it as a nationally significant infrastructure project.
“This is a huge vote of confidence in both the local and regional economies, and I look forward to the design being finalised with the contractors and the application for development consent being submitted.”
Both Bam and Farrans have developed a twin leaf bascule bridge design with the counterweights below-deck. However, the final design details are to be confirmed when the development consent order is sent to the Planning Inspectorate in the spring.
So far, £98M of funding for the project has been awarded to Norfolk County Council by the Department of Transport.
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