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New Ipswich crossings to unlock development potential and ease traffic congestion

15 August – Professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is working as lead consultant with Suffolk County Council on proposals for new crossings over the River Orwell in Ipswich.


The consultancy has been working with the Council to develop a business case for two crossings near the town’s waterfront area, with a commitment to fund the £77 million project announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s March 2016 Budget. The proposals also include the refurbishment of an existing swing bridge across the lock which provides access to the ‘Wet Dock’ and its marina facilities.

A public consultation finished on Friday 12th August, with over 7,000 people having viewed the proposals, available here: www.suffolk.gov.uk/UpperOrwellCrossings


Suffolk County Council is currently undertaking a design competition with RIBA to appoint an architect to work with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is also providing civil and structural engineering, transport, project management and environmental consultancy services on the project*.

The Upper Orwell Crossings will ease traffic congestion in Ipswich by providing a major new crossing over the River Orwell, connecting the waterfront area to the town centre and improving journey times for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.  It will also deliver a range of economic benefits and act as a catalyst and focal point for further regeneration, contributing to the continued prosperity, redevelopment and expansion of the wider waterfront area.  The development potential of the man-made peninsular Island which separates the Wet Dock from the New-Cut will also be released, joining the Island to the River Orwell’s west bank.

Darren Pacey, associate director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “This is a fantastic project for Suffolk County Council, the people of Ipswich, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and our future architectural partners. The proposals will catalyse the town’s development by incentivising investment whilst reducing journey times and travel costs. Our multidisciplinary team is looking forward to using our combined expertise to successfully deliver this major infrastructure opportunity”. 

Notes to editors

Media enquiries please contact Tom Hawkins, PR Manager: tom.hawkins@wspgroup.com  / 020 7314 4585

*Services provided by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff include: project management, civil and structural engineering design (highways and bridges, geotechnical, flooding), habitat surveys, environmental consultancy (including environment impact assessments), ground investigation support, transport & traffic, planning advice, consultation support, procurement support, quantity surveying & risk management. 

About WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Our 34,000 staff, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries provide engineering and multidisciplinary services in a vast array of industry sectors, with a focus on technical excellence and client service.

In the UK, 5,150 people provide consultancy services to all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals. The combined business has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.




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