The formal decision-making process is set to start this spring for a proposed major cable-stayed bridge in Helsinki, Finland.

The Kruunusillat bridge design competition was won in 2013 by a team brought together by WSP Finland. WSP's Sami Niemelä and Pekka Pulkkinen are chief designers and Martin Knight is chief architect for the winning entry (link opens in new tab).

The competition was intended to solicit ideas about what was feasible ahead of a decision being taken as to whether to build the bridge.

Pre-planning work and cost evaluations are currently under way. The city council has in recent months agreed some wider changes that would be necessary for project to go ahead, including the closure of a local power station and alterations to public transport connections. 

A public presentation by the project team next week will set out the proposed tram connections for the new crossing as well as further details about the scheme.

The city is set to start the decision-making process shortly with a view to reaching a conclusion later this year. Construction could begin in late 2018.