Salford vertical lift bridge

Client: Hochtief

Value: £1.1million
Location: Salford
Contract Period: Commenced May 2015
Contract Type: NEC3 Engineering & Construction SC

 Port Salford is a freight terminal currently under construction on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Barton-upon-Irwell in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Ship Canal is the only ship canal in the United Kingdom and the eighth longest in the world.

As part of the Western Gateway Infrastructure Scheme (WGIS), a new link road will be constructed in connection with the Port. The existing A57 road will be redirected closer to the Salford City Stadium, and a mile-long new dual carriageway link to Trafford Way and a new lift bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal will be constructed to the east of the existing M60 bridge.

In the second half of 2014 Howard Civil Engineering Ltd were awarded the civils works for the new bespoke vertical lift bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.

Scope of works

  • Working both sides of the Manchester Ship Canal with strict time periods for completion of each element of the work.
  • Excavating and constructing extensive RC bridge pile caps to the north and south banks
  • Using RMD climbing formwork, constructing to a high tolerance, 4no 30m high support towers that will house the mechanism to operate the lift bridge.
  • Construction of ancillary RC structures to the main bridge pile caps
  • Further RC walls on the A57 approach Road under the existing Barton Bridge
  • RC capping beams to cofferdams

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