The recently awarded Infrastructure Architect of the year 2017 has revealed that they are a part of the AECOM-led team that will offer design services for the third and newest crossing of the Menai Strait. The contract has been given by the Welsh Government and Richards, Moorehead & Laing the environmental consultancy will also be involved in the development.
The team working on the project will be carrying out the Key Stage 2 Appraisal of the options for the development that will allow the best possible designs for the new bridge will be identified and constructed. This third crossing of the Menai Strait will see connect Anglesey to the mainland of the Wales. It is thought that this project will identify a new preferred route for a number of the passengers.
This new connection will help to reduce the traffic in the two existing crossings for the Menai Strait. The original Menai Bridge was built in the 1820s by Thomas Telford. The second crossing, Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge that was built in 1850 struggle with heavy congestion. The congestion is caused on Britannia Bridge because it is the only section of the A55 that is not a dual carriageway which creates a bottleneck. The route that connects the M53 with Holyhead Port via Britannia Bridge is a part of the Trans European Road Network. The new bridge has been planned in order to improve the capacity and reliability of the road network in this area. This new project will also offer better network resilience and improved opportunities and safety for non-motorised users and safety.
It is thought that Knight Architects will contribute to the project with their significant expertise in delivering infrastructure designs that are of high quality in both high profile and sensitive locations. Recently the Architects firm has completed a 50m highway that extends across the River Avon in Bath, which was the first new bridge to be constructed in a World Heritage Site for more than 100 years. Knight are also working on the £600 million Mersey Gateway.