Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) and Hardesty and Hanover (H&H) have joined forces with BAM Farrans, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Farrans Construction, to deliver the design of the Great Yarmouth third river crossing project.

The 50m clear span twin bascule bridge will provide a new link road across the River Yare in Norfolk. It will also relieve pressure on the seaside town's existing Haven and Breydon bridges, especially during the peak tourist season.

The scheme, which is estimated to cost £120m, is being procured by Norfolk County Council.

Development consent order

The council recently applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a development consent order to construct, operate and maintain the bridge and approaches.

The application integrates ROD and H&H’s successful tender design for the structures with the council’s specimen design for the highway works.

Subject to development consent, construction is expected to commence in late 2020.

Exciting opportunity

With the Northern Spire Bridge in Sunderland complete, the Great Yarmouth project provides another opportunity for ROD to showcase our extensive experience in the design and delivery of river bridges and urban highways to our growing client base in England.

We are currently progressing the detailed design of all elements of the scheme with our long-time partners, H&H, who provide global expertise in moveable bridges, and new partners, Pro:works, a Norfolk-based architecture firm.


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