Middlehaven Dock Bridge
The newly-constructed £10 million Middlehaven Dock Bridge and link road has replaced a former swing footbridge.
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Bespoke lifting solution
Located adjacent to Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium, the new road access is designed to help ease congestion on the A66 trunk route, as well as opening up around 25 hectares of development land in one of the region’s most important regeneration areas. Crossing the River Tees, the Middlehaven Dock Bridge provides road access, as well as a pedestrian route for football supporters on match days.
The Middlehaven Dock Bridge was constructed by contractor Balfour Beatty on behalf of Middlesbrough Council. It featured a 95-tonne steel bridge deck with 120 tonnes of steel reinforcement and 159 tonnes of pre-cast concrete units. A lifting solution was required to lift the concrete sections to form the base of the bridge. Due to the sheer weight of the concrete, the lifting frame needed to be able to lift the concrete safely and put it into position. Balfour Beatty were working against a very tight timeframe, so speed was of the essence.
Unlike many other lifting suppliers, FLG Services is able to devise bespoke lifting solutions for individual projects and in this case, a custom lifting frame was designed, fabricated, tested and implemented to enable the concrete sections to be lifted safely and efficiently. The frame was designed to have a Safe Working Load of up to 20 tonnes and it was used for around 20 lifts over the course of two weeks.
The end client was absolutely delighted that FLG Services engineers were able to work closely with the Balfour Beatty engineering team to ensure all lifts were completed safely yet speedily. The construction project was kept on track and the bridge opened in October 2018.