Knight Architects has been appointed to draw up plans for a new bridge across the Menai Strait
The practice is part of the team led by Aecom which will carry out an appraisal of options and develop designs for the crossing – a third link between Anglesey and mainland Wales.
The project aims to increase capacity, reliability and journey times along the M53 route to and from the port of Holyhead.
The team will also review the potential impact of the proposed scheme on the two existing bridges, Thomas Telford’s Grade I-listed Menai Suspension Bridge (1826) and Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge (1850, rebuilt 1970-1980).
According to Aecom, the team will develop a design that ‘minimises impact on the environment and is sympathetic to the existing crossings’.
Aecom has already worked to deliver a strategic business case for the scheme and will start work on the design options immediately.
Martin Knight, director at bridge specialists Knight Architects, said: ‘This is a significant and truly exciting opportunity to create an attractive and functional new crossing of the Menai Strait.
‘With Snowdonia as the backdrop and world-famous bridges from engineering giants Telford and Stephenson as neighbours, the third Menai crossing must be a harmonious addition to an extraordinary landscape, providing a valuable new link for the local communities and north Wales.’
Britannia Bridge Menai Strait