BAM Nuttall has secured a contract from Suffolk County Council to complete the first stage of the Lake Lothing Third Crossing in Lowestoft, UK.

British construction firm BAM Nuttall was selected after a comprehensive tender process and will begin finalising the design of the crossing on 1 November.

The contract for the project’s construction stage is expected to be awarded next year.

Lake Lothing Third Crossing is being built with the aim of reducing traffic congestion and boosting the local economy.

Suffolk County Council leader and councillor Matthew Hicks said: “The cabinet unanimously approve the award of this contract, which is a huge milestone in the building of this bridge.

“Following diligent work from the project teams at the council, we have selected a contractor which we believe brings a balance of high-quality work and value for money. This project will be a big boost to both the people and economy of Lowestoft.”

“This project will be a big boost to both the people and economy of Lowestoft.”

In December, the examination stage of the project is set to begin. Lasting up to six months, the government’s planning inspectorate will give stakeholders of the project, including local residents and businesses, the opportunity to provide feedback.

The planning inspector will then prepare a report and recommendations on the application to the relevant secretary of state.

BAM Nuttall project director Ewan Barr said: “We’re excited to be involved in a project which is going to have such a positive impact on people and businesses in Lowestoft.

“We have an award-winning track record of working on projects of national importance and look forward to delivering a new iconic landmark for the town and the east of England. We plan to open an office near the construction site in the coming months.”