Record breaking 56 metre girders depart for East Midlands Bridge construction

24th July 2019

Cleveland Bridge UK has fabricated another record-breaking pair of steel girders.

The 56-metre-long girders are destined for the East Midlands where they will form part of a new bridge spanning the A45 in Coventry.

Previously, Cleveland Bridge’s record for its longest girders was 50 metres, set in 2017 for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

Cleveland Bridge has been contracted to supply, fabricate and erect the bridge, which features a double-span ladder deck and a striking mast. The bridge components, including the 56-metre girders, have been fabricated at the company’s extensive production facility in Darlington, County Durham.

With a 27,000 square metre fabrication hall within its 22-acre site, Cleveland Bridge has the capacity to deliver large-scale steel structures of this kind, which are produced by its long-standing highly skilled workforce and overseen by a team of technical managers with extensive structural engineering experience.

Following completion of the record-breaking girders, Cleveland Bridge engineers undertook a complex loadout programme. Once loaded on to the trailers, the girders were carried as part a convoy of two vehicles, each measuring more than 60 metres in length, on their 180-mile journey to the bridge construction site. The bridge will subsequently be installed in March 2020.

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “The fabrication of these 56-metre bridge girders is testament to the skills of our workforce and our extensive production capabilities. It is always a proud moment when a project is loaded out for installation, but when it’s record-breaking it’s particularly satisfying. It is also a major achievement to transport a load of this size and navigating the route across the country demonstrating the ability of our team and contractors to deliver a successful operation.”

“We continually innovate, develop our procedures and invest in our facilities and people to enable us to meet the challenges of bigger and more complex structures, which will, I am sure, see Cleveland Bridge breaking more records in the future.”

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