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Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 6 No 1

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The contractor JV will also use a temporary crane

and piling platforms and construct a number of tempo-

rary access roads on-site.

The £117 million project, which is located three kilo-

metres from Sunderland city centre also includes several

highway connections, with the upgrading of signalized

junctions, link roads and erection of cycleways and

footpaths.

Drainage Supplier

The drainage for the new bridge will

be supplied by the Lanes Group

whose teams have begun carrying

out drainage work for the project

which is expected to give the region

a major regeneration boost.

The specialists won a competitive

tender to become the sole drainage

contractor for the joint venture part-

ners, Farrans Construction and Victor

Buyck Steel Construction.

Richard Bell, Commercial

Manager for Farrans Construction,

said:

“We wanted to work with a

company based in the region

that has the expertise,

experience and capacity to

support us throughout this high

profile development.

“Lanes Group secured ap-

pointment after a robust pro-

curement process and fully

meets our subcontractor selec-

tion requirements. We are look-

ing forward to using their experience to help

deliver the New Wear Bridge for the people of

Sunderland.”

Lanes drainage engineers have started work on the

project. Tasks already carried out include desilting drain-

age pipes and carrying out CCTV drainage surveys.

(Top) Piling work on approaches ready for pile caps.

(Below) Site preparation included demolition of the

old Grove Cranes buildings.

(Bottom) Cutting off the pile tops in readiness for in-

stalling pile caps.

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