Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd has been praised for its technical expertise and ability to deliver complex structural projects to challenging constraints and timelines after it was presented with a highly-prestigious industry award for the construction of the Newport Bridge.
The North East-based company won the Project of the Year (subcontract between £2m-£4m) in the CN Specialist Awards, which were presented at a special ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Part of a significant overhead line electrification (OLE) programme, the 228-tonne, 50m skewed, weathering-grade steel road bridge crosses the Great Western Main Line in South Wales.
Required to accommodate the increased height required for new OLE systems, the geometricallychallenging structure was fabricated at Cleveland Bridge’s Darlington facility, and following a complete trial assembly, the steelwork was loaded onto trailers and transported to Newport, where it was assembled prior to installation in a trackside temporary works compound.
Judges highlighted the Newport Bridge as ‘an exemplar project, which couldn’t have been solved without getting the Cleveland Bridge team on board early’. Cleveland Bridge was also highly-commended in two other categories at the awards ceremony, including Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor, and one of the company’s apprentices, 21-yearold Liam Simpson, was shortlisted in the Apprentice of the Year category.