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Heavy shoring required for bridge bearing replacementEdinburgh

Heavy shoring required for bridge bearing replacement

Harsco Infrastructure has revealed details of a £710,000 contract to provide a comprehensive access solution for a major refurbishment project being carried out on the famous Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.

Harsco’s scaffolding solution is allowing work to be carried out to replace the large bearings which support each end of the structure, with no disruption to traffic using the bridge.

Harsco was selected for this contract by Balfour Beatty, on the basis of its competitive tendering and the fact that the two companies have worked together on a large number of previous successful projects.

“Despite its size, we wanted to ensure we did not overcomplicate the project” comments Harsco Sales Director, Tony Knight. “Although we frequently design and produce new products to satisfy individual project requirements, this contract demonstrates our ability to design and construct a bespoke solution for a complex project, primarily using standard products from our range.”

The bridge spans the Firth of Forth and connects Edinburgh with Fife. While its centre section is suspended from cables, the approach sections which link this to either side of the Firth rest on large bearings that sit on top of concrete piers. These bearings allow the approach decks to move in response to traffic loading and temperature changes, and it is these that are being replaced.

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Rocklift completes Orkney Islands drilling contractOrkney Islands

Rocklift completes Orkney Islands drilling contract

Rocklift Ltd, a specialist subsidiary of J. Murphy & Sons Limited, has successfully completed its largest Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) contract to date, overcoming a number of location and logistical challenges.

Appointed by Earth Renewable Consultants, Rocklift was awarded the £157,000 project to carry out drilling and installation of GSHP boreholes and external connecting pipework for Orkney Islands Council.

Rocklift installed new ground source heat pump systems to 39 social housing properties within Kirkwall on the main Orkney Island and Longhope on the Isle of Hoy.

“The Geawelltech WellDrill 3050 CR drilling rig was lifted into the majority of the properties in Kirkwall using a 40 tonne crane and the drilling and trench work was carried out whilst the properties were occupied.”

The team has two Geawelltech WellDrill 3050 CR drilling rigs which can drill up to 300 m depth below surface. They were specifically chosen for this contract because of their versatility and ability to keep ground disturbance to minimum levels.

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