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.”