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A leading provider of independent and expert design advice has been brought in to work with Suffolk County Council on Lowestoft's third crossing.
Design Council Cabe will lead workshops and reviews with the council's project design team, using an independent advice panel drawn from their network of experts.
The panel will consist of architects, landscape architects, urban planners and designers and engineers to ensure all elements of the scheme are properly considered.
Guy McGregor, the county council's lead councillor with responsibility for the Lake Lothing third crossing, said: 'The construction of the Lake Lothing third crossing will bring significant transport benefits to Lowestoft for not just motorists, but pedestrians and cyclists too. The crossing will also open up further opportunities for regeneration and development in the area.
'Design is a really important element of the scheme and we are confident that with Design Council Cabe assisting us we have the very best team on board.
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'Their scrutiny will ensure we meet the key objectives of the project, while also delivering the scheme on time and on budget.'
Waveney MP Peter Aldous said it was important that people could be proud of the bridge as it would be an important feature on the landscape and could become a visitor attraction.
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He urged Design Council Cabe to set out their ideas during the upcoming public consultation.
Clare Devine, executive director of architecture, built environment and design at Design Council Cabe, said: 'Through our extensive experience on major infrastructure projects across the country, we can help to ensure that the design of the bridge and the surrounding landscape provides safer and more pleasant connections, encourages walking and cycling, and creates a new bridge which people in Lowestoft can be proud of.'
Suffolk County Council has been awarded £73.4m by the Department for Transport to construct the long-awaited bridge, due to open in 2022.
The project has been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. The council is proposing to make an application for development consent to the Secretary of State for Transport later this year.
For more information on the project visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/lakelothing3rdcrossing