Engineering and construction firm Sarens has transported and installed a 1,550-tonne steel pylon as part of work at the New Wear Crossing bridge in Sunderland, UK.
The 105-meter-long unit was fabricated by FVB, a joint venture between Belgian steelworking firm Victor Buyck Steel Construction and civil engineering firm Farrans Construction. The firms transported the unit to the site from Ghent, Belgium, on behalf of Sunderland City Council.
“It is a very slow steady, concentrated operation … [as] the pylon rotates from it horizontal position to its vertical position,” said Steven Mccaffery, project manager at FVB joint venture.
The bridge is to be complete in 2018 and will link the port to the A19 manufacturing corridor.
“We will be launching the bridge deck out across the river in spring and will start connecting the cable stays in the summer. After that, people will really see the bridge come to life,” said Patrick Van Severen, project director for Victor Buyck Steel Construction.
Headquartered in Belgium, The Sarens Group provides services, engineering, procurement and construction services for heavy-lift projects worldwide via a network of more than 100 subsidiaries in 54 countries.
Photo: Sarens transported the 1,550-tonne pylon from Ghent. Credit: Sarens