Buckingham installs golden bridge in Swansea

Grant Prior 2 years ago
Share

A striking 150 tonne golden bridge was installed over the weekend at the £135m Copr Bay Phase One regeneration and arena scheme in Swansea.

Pictures courtesy of Twitter/@SwanseaCouncil
Pictures courtesy of Twitter/@SwanseaCouncil

Main contractor Buckingham Group oversaw the installation by specialist SH Structures of the 49 metre long pedestrian crossing.

The bridge was eased into place using two huge mobile transporter units.

The transporter units, remotely controlled by specialist operators, slowly swept around on a path of around 100m to position the bridge above the abutments.

The bridge was lowered on pneumatic jacks pre-installed on the abutments. Once the bridge was in place the jacks were altered to fine-tune the bridge position. The bridge was then fixed in place and the jacks removed.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This is another big milestone in the transformation of our city.

“The bridge will become a stunning new landmark for the city and an emblem nationally and internationally of a modern welcoming city.”

“The work we’re doing couldn’t be more timely for Swansea and Wales as we emerge from the pandemic.

Swansea-born artist Marc Rees, who designed the pattern on the bridge’s side panels in collaboration with architects ACME, said: “It’s been a difficult time recently, especially for the cultural sector, so the bridge installation is timely as we need a positive and aspirational symbol.”

Friedrich Ludewig, Design Director for ACME said: “The new bridge is a true piece of international innovation for Swansea.

“ACME worked with Brussels-based structural engineers Ney & Partner to design this bridge made from steel plate.

“The iconic arch stabilizes the super-slender bridge deck and creates a new urban space floating over the road, enclosed by patterned steel offering glimpses across the road, the arena and the new coastal park.

“Until now, Oystermouth Road was for cars, not people. The bridge will be a stepping stone for a greener and more liveable Swansea city centre.”

Latest news

Graham hospital site hut complex destroyed by blaze

Site offices ravaged by fire which took eight hours to get under control
3 hours ago

Mace wins £150m over-station job at Liverpool Street

Latest win from Aviva Investors and Allianz Real Estate following earlier Moorgate contract
4 hours ago

Buyers see brighter days ahead despite resi slump

"Construction can see a path through for better outcomes in 2023"
7 hours ago

Australian firm to buy £300m gigaplant backer Britishvolt

New owner vows to complete giant factory in Northumberland
11 hours ago

Project delays curb Ardmore growth ambitions

Refurb and housing specialist sees profit fall after challenging year of delays and supply chain failures
10 hours ago

Scaffolders and sparks strike at antibiotic plant

Engineering construction workers down tools in bonus pay row
10 hours ago

McAlpine bags £1bn Sellafield concrete structures deal

Contractor signs 17-year concrete structures and groundworks framework
20 hours ago

Moving in to new markets paying off for McLaren

Contractor carving out new niche as leading player in heavy refurbs
3 days ago

Heavy materials sales fall amid slowdown in starts

Light side product sales grow helped by pace of activity for refurbs and energy-efficient retrofits
10 hours ago

Plan to add retentions record to payment reporting law

Government consults on tougher reporting to include disputed invoices and retention policies
3 days ago

Morgan Sindall wins £88m Beckton DLR depot upgrade

Delayed work to start on Docklands Light Railway train maintenance depot in East London
3 days ago

Hare and Severfield win £250m Sellafield deal

Country's two biggest steelwork contractors secure 17-year framework
3 days ago

Max Steward returns to head up ISG’s Agility fit-out arm

Former ISG project director returns after three years to take up MD role
3 days ago

McLaren wins massive Portland House refurb

Construction to start this year on £380m revamp of 28-storey building in central London
4 days ago

Green light for £275m HS2 Midlands nerve centre

Trio of contractors battling it out to win huge new depot near Birmingham
4 days ago

Winners named for Government £10bn offsite framework

29 firms secure places on mega framework for schools, healthcare, defence and justice jobs
4 days ago

ISG, Amey and Costain now industry’s quickest payers – list

Average payment times from main contractors slip by a day
5 days ago

Staff at Outco Surfacing start looking for new jobs

Administration notice filed two years after acquisition of NMC Group
4 days ago

£4.75m building work provision tips Higgins into the red

Partnerships business counts cost of changes to building safety rules
4 days ago

John F Hunt snaps up London temporary works design firm

Demolition contractor buys geotechnical and structural engineering design specialist RKD Consultant
4 days ago

Vital Energi lands £13m package at Plumstead regen site

Specialist will start on site this summer helping to transform the former home of Arsenal FC
4 days ago

Galliford Try to start £14m Scunthorpe Market scheme

Firm will build NHS staff accommodation and offices in two phases
4 days ago

Vast £500m British Library expansion go-ahead

London Mayor still needs to give final nod to 800,000 sq ft extension at St Pancras site in London
5 days ago

Wates names new chief executive

Cork-born Eoghan O’Lionaird to join later this month
5 days ago

Keltbray director joins Barhale as North East chief

Mark Wood heads operations in Yorkshire and North East England
5 days ago

Major London City building green deep retrofit approved

St Bride’s Tavern near Fleet Street will be demolished for the building expansion
5 days ago

Gilbert Ash lands starring role in £38m Welsh theatre revamp

Contractor to start work this year on Theatr Clwyd upgrade
5 days ago

Property clients to ramp up spending on decarbonising

Survey reveals nearly half of property chiefs plan to speed up spending on net-zero programmes over next twelve months
5 days ago

Average self employed labour rates top £1,000 a week

Average weekly earnings reach high for skilled trades
6 days ago

BAM wins £49m Harrogate Convention Centre revamp

Local council hopes to sanction work start this autumn
6 days ago

Contractor services