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FK Lowry Piling completes Sunderlands New Wear Road Bridge

18 Apr 2016

FK Lowry Piling have successfully completed a £600,000 Piling contract for the New Weir Road Bridge in the North East for Farrans Construction over a 13 week period.

The new road bridge will be a three span cable-stayed bridge with an A-frame pylon rising to 105m (344ft) crossing the River Wear between Castletown on the North, to Pallion on the South bank. The new bridge will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus dedicated cycleways and footpaths along its full length. It is scheduled to open in spring 2018. Twice the height of Nelson’s Column, and bigger than Big Ben, Sunderland’s new bridge will be hard to miss.

FK Lowry Piling installed 800No. 350mm Sq.& 270mm Sq. Driven Precast Piles using its modern Juntann PMX20 Driven Piling Rigs. Driven Precast Piles were driven to depths of 12-16m through underlying soils of Made Ground, firm Clays and dense Sands for working loads of up to 1200kN . The Pile Design was verified by the installation and testing of 4 No. Static Load Tests.

Contracts Manager, Sam Pyper explains, “The Wear Crossing is a wonderful project to be involved with and we were delighted to work with Farrans Construction on the successful delivery of this high profile scheme. Driving conditions were not particularly easy due to presence of stiff/hard Clays. However, our PMX20 with its 5t accelerated Hammer was able to drive the 350mm Sq. precast sections to the design Toe Levels”.

FK Lowry Piling continues to build on our Driven Precast portfolio in the North East Market following recent projects at the Port of Tyne and Bedale By-Pass Projects.

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