Port Salford

Client: Hochtief

Value: £1.1m
Location: Salford
Contract Period: 34 weeks
Contract Type: NEC3 Engineering & Construction SC


Port Salford is a freight terminal 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 was constructed in connection with the port. The existing A57 road was redirected closer to the Salford City Stadium, and a new mile-long dual carriageway link to Trafford Way and a new lift bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal were constructed to the east of the existing M60 bridge.

In the second half of 2014, Howard Civil Engineering was awarded the civil engineering works for the construction of the 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 house the mechanism to operate the lift bridge
  • Construction of ancillary reinfoced concree structures to the main bridge pile caps
  • Further reinforced concrete walls on the A57 approach road under the existing Barton Bridge
  • Reinforced concrete capping beams to cofferdams

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