Hochtief has been awarded the £18.5m construction contract for Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge, which will provide a second harbour crossing in the south coast town.
Client is local authority Borough of Poole. Construction of the bridge is expected to commence in early summer and is scheduled to take 20 months. The new Twin Sails Bridge will open to the public in early 2012.
Wilkins Way in Poole will be closed from 10 May 2010 to allow work to commence on the approach road that will link the new bridge to the junction of West Quay Road.
Jim Bright, strategic director, Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted to be able to progress with the construction of the Twin Sails Bridge. We received extremely competitive bids from six construction companies who were keen to be involved with the project. Each bid scored very highly in terms of quality and cost, demonstrating the construction industry’s desire to be part of such an exciting and iconic project.
“We have a world-class bridge design which symbolises Poole’s ambition. With the appointment of Hochtief now confirmed, we have an internationally renowned partner with a strong track record in construction excellence. We are confident that Hochtief will deliver the Twin Sails Bridge project to the highest standards.”
The target price to build the Twin Sails Bridge and the immediate approach roads in Poole and Hamworthy is £18.5m.
The iconic Twin Sails Bridge was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, the award-winning team responsible for Gateshead’s ‘blinking eye’ Millennium Bridge and engineering and environmental consultant Gifford.
Peter Curran, director of Gifford, said: “This is a very important second crossing of the harbour for Poole, so it’s good news that such a prestigious and experienced international contractor as Hochtief is joining the project team to help deliver it. We look forward to working with them.”