Paul Fenwick has joined the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board as construction director, along with Helen Dearden as finance director.
Steve Nicholson, who has been project director and interim chief executive of the board until now, is stepping down but will retain a role as special advisor to the project on a part time basis.
Subject to approval by the Halton Borough Council’s executive board meeting next week, council chief executive David Parr will become interim chief executive of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board (while still running the council) and oversee the appointment of a full time chief executive who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the new Mersey Gateway from late 2016.
Council leader Rob Polhill, who is chairman of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, said: “The new arrangements will strengthen the team and ensure we have the right skills to deliver the construction phase of Mersey Gateway effectively and in a timely manner.”
Halton Borough Council appointed the Merseylink Consortium as the project company earlier this year on a 30-year contract to design, build, finance and operate the project. Its equity partners are Macquarie Capital Group, Bilfinger Berger Global Investments, and FCC Construcción. The construction team is a joint venture of Kier Infrastructure & Overseas Limited, Samsung C&T and FCC Construcción. Sanef will deliver and operate the tolling system for the consortium.
The crossing will feature a 1,000m-long cable stay bridge consisting of four spans supported from three towers in the estuary. The 80m-high central tower will be shorter than the two outer towers, which will be 110m (north tower) and 125m (south tower). Total length of the crossing, including the bridge and approach viaducts, will be 2.13km.