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£31m Sunderland smart bridge procured via NEPO211 Civil Engineering

Sunderland City Council has used NEPO211 Civil Engineering & Infrastructure to appoint VolkerStevin to deliver a £31m pedestrian and cyclist crossing.

The project will incorporate creative lighting and augmented reality resulting in a ‘smart bridge’ that allows people to see virtual displays and showcase the city’s digital ambitions. Work will commence in summer 2022, with the bridge expected to open in summer 2024.

As part of the contract, VolkerStevin has committed to £2.6m worth of social value commitments, delivering a huge boost to people and businesses in the city.

This includes a community fund to support worthy projects that improve the cultural, heritage, educational, environmental, energy and health opportunities of local residents, as well as a commitment to employ at least 15 local people on the project. Other headlines include projects to support local residents with employability advice and guidance, as well as with schools and young people.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, yesterday said:

“We’re delighted to have appointed our delivery partner, VolkerStevin to move forward with this hugely significant infrastructure project that will further connect our city. And what’s more, to have secured a firm that will inject a huge sum into the local economy, as well as adding social value through a range of initiatives, means we’re making every pound we spend count, and the benefit of this project will be felt even during the construction phase of the project.”

Jonathan Suckling, managing director at VolkerStevin, yesterday said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract from Sunderland City Council, and are looking forward to working collaboratively with all parties during the early contractor involvement period to ensure that Wear Bridge is delivered with certainty.

“We have assembled a great team of designers and supply chain who will help us deliver this significant project and further build on our legacy of delivering major infrastructure schemes in the North East – which include other iconic bridges such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Northumbria University’s Intersite Bridge.”

For more information about NEPO211 Civil Engineering & Infrastructure, visit the solution page or email


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