Work will now start within weeks on the high-level crossing, which will connect both sides of the Wear at Riverside Sunderland.
It will be fitted with creative lighting and augmented reality, allowing people to use their smartphones to see virtual displays that council bosses say will create ‘an experience that will really bring to life the city’s digital ambitions’.
The bridge will not only improve connectivity between the city centre and the stadium but it will also help to unlock development in the Sheepfolds neighbourhood, where a community of 500 sustainable new homes will enhance the city centre residential offer.
The design team consists of bridge specialist Knight Architects, engineer Arup, and local landscape architect Colour
As part of the build contract, VolkerStevin has committed to £2.6m worth of social value commitments, including employing at least 15 local people on the project.