Bridge competition: Work has started on a bridge over the river Stour in the historic town of Sudbury, Suffolk. Designed by architect Brookes Stacey Randall and engineer Arup, the structure is the result of an RIBA competition – the first such contest for the design of a road bridge. The bridge will be made from 12 precast concrete sections, fabricated off site, reducing construction time and minimising disruption. The bridge, which is due to be completed next year, replaces a 90-year-old crossing that had reached the end of its design life. Contractor is Costain, QS is Arup and the client is Suffolk council.