Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) an international consortium consisting of Hochtief Solutions, American Bridge, Dragados & Morrison Construction have recently awarded Darlington engineering company Cleveland Bridge UK Limited a major contract for the fabrication delivery and site assembly of the North and South approach viaduct steelwork as part of the new £790m Forth Replacement Crossing.
The Forth Replacement Crossing is a cable- stayed bridge which is to be constructed to the west of the existing Forth Road Bridge. The project is part of a package of transport improvements costing £1.45 to £1.6 billion and is on track to be delivered in 2016. The largest civil engineering project in Scotland for a generation, it will replace the current Forth Road Bridge as the main vehicle crossing of the Forth.
Cleveland Bridge has a strong heritage in major bridge construction within the UK including, Tamar Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Severn Bridge, Humber Bridge, Kessock Bridge and Dartford Bridge to name but a few, as well as other major international bridge projects. Cleveland Bridge also supplied and erected the steel contract for the large bridge structures on the M74 completion project in Glasgow, which was initially put out to the market in 2006 and opened to traffic in 2011.
Cleveland Bridge General Manager Andy Hall said: “We are delighted to have secured a significant contract on this prestigious project and look forward to working with FCBC. We have worked extremely hard to secure this contract against international competition and this contract will provide a solid foundation for our Darlington facility for the next 18 months, giving us the opportunity to recruit and build on our existing engineering, workshop and site resource ”.
Carlo Germani, FCBC Project Director, said:“Cleveland Bridge rightly enjoys an international reputation for their specialist skills and expertise built up over many years. The North and South viaducts are a vital component of the overall Forth Replacement Crossing project and we look forward to working with Cleveland Bridge in the period ahead.”