Birkenhead Bridge, Tower Road. Wirral

The Wirral Dock Bridge is a steel truss opening bridge which was constructed around 1931. It forms a vital link in the Wirral road network, facilitating access to the port of Liverpool. As part of a major £7.5 million project, it needed to be dismantled and removed and replaced with new infrastructure.

  • Birkenhead Bridge move by FLG Services
  • Birkenhead Bridge move by FLG Services
  • Birkenhead Bridge move by FLG Services
  • Birkenhead Bridge move by FLG Services

Customer Name

MGA Northwest Limited

Project Location

Birkenhead

Duration

FLG Services were on-site for a period of one week

Products Used

400 Tonne Modular Beam, 250 Tonne Dyneema Round Slings, 110H Modular Beams, 58 Tonne Wire Rope Slings, 55 Tonne Collar Chains, Widebody Shackles

The work was necessary as the bridge was outdated and nearing the end of its useful life. It required frequent and costly maintenance over recent years, causing significant disruption to drivers, with the route regularly having to be closed for emergency or essential maintenance. If the rate of deterioration had been allowed to continue, the route would have soon become unsuitable for HGV’s.

The Challenge

This was a high profile project as there was significant disruption to the travelling public during the dismantling work. The route between Wallasey and Birkenhead is ordinarily very busy and there was no through route along Tower Road during the works, so time was of the essence. The bridge needed to be lifted by a floating crane and lifted over 300 metres to the quayside. With uncertainty relating to the exact weight of the bridge, FLG Services were tasked with supplying over 400 tonne of lifting tackle to complete this challenging lift.

The Solution

Following an assessment of the lift based on the customer’s plan, FLG Services provided a comprehensive list of all the products and accessories needed to complete the lift successfully. This comprised a floating crane capable of lifting the structure and carrying it across to the quayside. The product range supplied by FLG Services included a 400 Tonne Modular Beam, 250 Tonne Dyneema Round Slings, 110H Modular Beams, 58 Tonne Wire Rope Slings, 55 Tonne Collar Chains and Widebody Shackles. Due to the heavy weight of the dismantled steel bridge, Health and Safety was the ultimate priority and FLG’s expertise in the lifting sector was absolutely critical.

The Results

The lift was successfully completed in a single day with all lifting equipment supplied by the local FLG service centre in Liverpool. This project showcased FLG’s investment in heavy lifting equipment, and our expertise in completing demanding lifts.

“FLG Services were able to provide over 400 tonne of specialist lifting equipment to enable us to successfully complete the lift of this dismantled bridge. The lift was completed within a single day and safety was the main priority.”

Shaun Quigley, Project Manager, MGA Northwest Limited