The team, comprising Degree of Freedom, Knight Architects, Saaha Architects, Norconsult, Asplan Viak, Light Bureau and Scan Survey, will further develop the initial design for the vehicle and pedestrian crossing, which was the winner of a design competition in 2018.
The new link will replace Drammen's City Bridge, which was built in 1936, maintaining a cross-river axis between Strømsø Square and Bragernes Square. In addition, the bridge will provide direct access to platforms at Drammen's main railway station.
As part of the scheme, the team will also design a new temporary pedestrian and cycle bridge across the river, upstream of the current city bridge, which will be used during the demolition and construction period.
“We are proud that the City of Drammen has chosen our team to carry out this great and important task and we are looking forward to developing a spectacular bridge for the city. We know there has been a great interest in this project both in the press and in the political environment. In our design process, we will keep a strong focus on budget, also creating an aesthetically beautiful bridge," project manager and director at Degree of Freedom, Birger Opgård said.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2022.