Harsco scaffold leaves Forth Bridge traffic free flowing
Large bearings that support each end of the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland are being replaced by Balfour Beatty.
Harsco Infrastructure has installed bespoke scaffolding to support the refurbishment work under a £710,000 subcontract. The access solution means that the work can go ahead with no disruption to traffic using the bridge.
“Despite its size we wanted to ensure we did not overcomplicate the project,” said Harsco sales director Tony Knight. “Although we frequently design and produce new products to satisfy individual project requirements, this contract demonstrates our ability to design and construct a bespoke solution for a complex project, primarily using standard products from our range.”
While the centre section of the bridge is suspended from cables, the approach sections rest on large bearings that sit on top of concrete piers. These bearings are being replaced.
“This involves the workforce having access to some of the more remote areas of the bridge structure and so our aim was to create a solution which would provide this, whilst still ensuring complete safety,” Mr Knight added.
The project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2012.
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This article was published on 19 Mar 2012 (last updated on 19 Mar 2012).