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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
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,
“We wanted to work with a
company based in the region
that has the expertise,
experience and capacity to
support us throughout this high
“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
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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