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Upper Orwell Crossings Project RIBA Competition

Upper Orwell Crossings

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Foster + Partners
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​Upper Orwell Crossings Project

This major infrastructure project will ease traffic congestion in Ipswich by providing a major new crossing of the River Orwell, connecting the waterfront area to the town centre and improving journey times for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Invited Infrastructure

Foster + Partners has been selected as the architectural team to join the Upper Orwell Crossings project in Ipswich.

Foster + Partners impressed the panel with the quality of their overall approach and thinking, including the initial design concepts presented for the project’s three crossings. The approaches were considered to have the potential to enhance Ipswich’s thriving waterfront, as well as acting as a catalyst for regeneration of the wider harbour area.

The county council and key partners, including Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Vision, keenly anticipate seeing the initial design ideas developed further with the wider project team and in consultation with local businesses, communities and residents.


“The announcement of Foster + Partners being selected as the architectural team behind the Upper Orwell Crossings is a great outcome for Ipswich and Suffolk as a whole. The design element of the project is crucial and with Foster + Partners’ input I believe the final design of the crossings, once completed, will be looked at in the same light as their iconic Willis Building in Ipswich’s town centre. We are excited to be working with such a highly-regarded group for this project that is important for the town as it enables us to reap benefits that will greatly outweigh the cost of the project.”

Cllr Colin Noble, Leader of Suffolk County Council


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