Businesses to bid for Poole Twin Sails Bridge contracts

Artist's impression of bridge at night
Image caption Up to 5,000 jobs could be created, according to the council

Businesses in Dorset have been invited to bid for contracts linked to a new £37m bridge scheme.

The Twin Sails Bridge in Poole Harbour will connect Hamworthy with Poole Port and is due to open in 2012.

Fifteen business opportunities are being offered ranging from architectural lighting to road marking and landscaping.

Interested firms have been invited to book a place at an event at Upton House on 2 September.

The local authority predicts the bridge and associated development could create up to 5,000 jobs.

Councillor Ron Parker said: "The Twin Sails Bridge will stimulate new investment and create job opportunities in Poole over the next 10 to 15 years.

"However, we believe its construction can bring benefits to the local economy today."

The bridge will provide access to 64 acres (26ha) of brownfield land where 2,000 new homes are planned over the next 10 years.

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