The appointed architectural team will join an existing project team led by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, which will be responsible for providing structural and civil engineering input to the project. The scheme involves two new crossings (link opens in new tab).
The competition is being administered by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions on behalf of Suffolk County Council. The five shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order of design firm lead) are:
- Adamson Associates (Toronto) with William Matthews Associates and Ney & Partners
- Foster + Partners (London)
- Knight Architects (High Wycombe)
- Marc Mimram (Paris)
- Wilkinson Eyre (London) with FHECOR and EADON Consulting
The pre-qualification phase attracted submissions from practices of varying size based in the UK and internationally. In selecting the shortlist, the evaluation panel looked for architectural teams who demonstrated experience of collaborating on major infrastructure projects, working within a multi-disciplinary team environment, and designing projects of architectural distinction with a complexity, scale and/or budget similar to that required on the Upper Orwell Crossings scheme.
The shortlisted teams will be invited to present their design concepts to the judging panel in mid-December, with the winner scheduled to be announced in early 2017.