15 WSP specialisms involved in successful planning application for Lake Lothing scheme in Suffolk

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has approved Lowestoft Third Crossing which brought together 15 WSP specialisms over the course of the five-year project.

WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, deployed 15 different specialisms to support Suffolk County Council’s successful planning application for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing in Lowestoft.

With planning permission now approved by Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet will meet in July to consider the detail of the planning permission, the outcome of the construction tendering process, the final project cost estimate and the timetable for the project.

The new crossing is set to significantly improve connectivity in Lowestoft, providing a boost to the local economy through increased access to businesses and supporting the regeneration of the area.

The crossing will also reduce vehicle congestion in the town centre with the bridge needing to open a lot less frequently, and will provide greater active travel opportunities for Lowestoft’s community through walking and cycling lanes.


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Image credit: Suffolk County Council Local Government Organisation

WSP has provided a multidisciplinary range of services for the project since 2015 including structures, highways, maritime, land referencing, consultation and stakeholder engagement, environmental assessment and management, landscape and urban design, town planning, geotechnical, 3D visualisation, transport planning, intelligent transport systems, quantity surveying and project management.

The 100-person team, including some based in County Hall in Norwich, produced the preliminary design for the scheme, environmental statement, consultation report and other key documents for the application.


Joanna Lyon, Project Director at WSP, said: The collaboration and teamwork both within WSP and between WSP and Suffolk County Council over the past five years to enable this decision has been fantastic. Our client’s leadership and vision ensured the project has received significant levels of local support and will unlock investment and regeneration that will benefit businesses and communities across Suffolk. 

“I’m confident that this project offers renewed assurance that local government can act as an effective vehicle for infrastructure promotion and delivery at scale.”

WSP is currently involved in 12 development consent order applications across the UK, including the A303 Stonehenge road tunnel in Wiltshire for which a decision on is expected in the coming months.

Clare Hennessey, Infrastructure Planning Director at WSP, said: “We welcome the grant of planning consent for this vital project that will reduce traffic congestion, improve journey times, and support social and economic activity. WSP is proud to have advised on design principles for the crossing and welcome the Secretary of State’s praise in his decision for the aspirational aesthetic of the design and iconic architectural engineering.”


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Image credit: Suffolk County Council Local Government Organisation



Dan Williams, UK PR Manager, WSP

Dan.e.williams@wsp.com / 07341 681 673


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