The consultants will provide technical and contractual expertise throughout the design and construction stages of the £1.86bn Mersey Gateway Crossing project.
Services provided by the team will include reviewing submissions from the project company, Merseylink, construction monitoring, addressing change and undertaking systems audits.
The Mersey Gateway is a public-private partnership (PPP) project and comprises of a 2.3km long six-lane cable stay bridge with three towers rising up to 125m above the river bed and a river span of 1km.
Contracting team building the bridge is a consortium of Kier, FCC and Samsung C&T under a £600km contract.
The Mersey Gateway Crossings Board was set up by Halton Council as a stanbdalone project client body, as required by the government funding arrangements.
CH2M Hill has been advising Halton Council for eight years on the Mersey Gateway Crossing. Director Stuart Withycombe welcomed the extension of the relationship through the design and construction stages of the project. “We are looking forward to working closely with the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and the other members of the advisory team to bring huge benefits to the residents and local economy in the Mersey area,” he said.
Meanwhile, a webcam streaming live images of the bridge construction activity from the Widnes side of the river cna be viewed on a new website, www.merseygateway.co.uk/live-view. A further camera will be installed at a location in Runcorn, on the other side of the river, at a later date.