A bridge so far

Contractors working on the Queensferry Crossing have moved into 2015 after a year in which they achieved their most striking progress since going on site.

Highlights of the last 12 months included seeing 10% of the cable-stayed bridge deck installed, the main towers rising to more than 90 metres high and the South Approach viaduct pushed out 450 metres.

In a project update Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown said: “Looking back it is hard now to remember when so little of the towers could be seen as they began to emerge from their foundations. Now they each stand over 90 metres high, really demonstrating the solid progress that has been made on the job.

“The work of Taklift 6, a huge 125-metre tall floating crane capable of lifting 1,200 tonnes, provided another spectacular moment of engineering on this scale. In just two months the crane had put in place the temporary steel, first deck sections and the range of other equipment on each of the three main towers.

“The progress made this year really helps everyone visualise what the final bridge will look like and demonstrates an inspiring example of civil engineering coming off the drawing board and into real life.”

In December, Michael Martin of Morrison Construction took over as project director of the consortium building the £1.4bn development. He succeeded Hochtief’s Carlo Germani who moved to a new job in the Middle East after nearly four years heading the construction team.

Martin was previously involved in the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, the Dornoch Bridge and the Kylesku Bridge in Sutherland.

Click below for spectacular time lapse video showing some of the Queensferry construction highlights:


Article posted 5/1/2015