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Cleveland Bridge breaks girder records

30 Mar 17 Cleveland Bridge is producing the longest steel bridge girders it has ever made in its 150-year history.

The first of the paired 50-metre girders being prepared to leave Cleveland Bridge UK
The first of the paired 50-metre girders being prepared to leave Cleveland Bridge UK

A series of seven paired 50-metre bridge girders are being made for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) road project in Scotland.

The girders will create the Charleston Junction Underbridge in Aberdeen and are six metres longer than Cleveland Bridge UK’s previous record steel structure.

The first two pairs of girders have been completed and loaded out for the 300-mile journey from Cleveland Bridge’s factory in Darlington to site in Aberdeen. They will be followed by the remaining five paired girders, which are set to be finished and transported at the beginning of April.

It is one of a series of eight bridge structures that Cleveland Bridge has been contracted to supply to the project, which, at 58km, is the longest current road construction project in the UK. Main contractor on the project is AWPR Construction Joint Venture, which includes Balfour Beatty, Morrison Construction and Carillion.

To date, Cleveland Bridge UK has fabricated, delivered and installed four of the bridges for the contract, which, in total, contains 2,850 tonnes of steel bridge structures. The remaining four, including the Charleston Junction Underbridge, will be installed this year.

Chris Droogan, managing director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “Fabricating and delivering this record breaking steel girder demonstrates the significant capacity and capabilities we have at Cleveland Bridge UK. This achievement is another highlight to add to our distinctive history and emphasises the continued role Cleveland Bridge UK is playing in delivering Britain’s evolving infrastructure requirements.”

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