Cleveland Bridge UK’s A14 work shortlisted

The showpiece bridge for A14 project is the 750m-long viaduct over River Great Ouse.
Road Structures / July 15, 2020 1 minute Read
By David Arminas
Over the River Great Ouse goes 6,000 tonnes of steel (photo Cleveland Bridge)

Cleveland Bridge UK has been shortlisted in the UK’s Structural Steel Design Awards 2020 for its recent work on A14 Cambridge-to-Huntingdon Improvement Scheme in England.
The company was appointed to fabricate and construct six major bridges on the section of the new A14 between the A1 highway and Cambridge city as part of a nearly US$1.9 billion (nearly €1.7 billion) improvement scheme.

One of these is the showpiece bridge, an ambitious 750m-long viaduct over the River Great Ouse. The viaduct required 6,000 tonnes of steel, comprising 76 separate main girders and 800 cross-girders. Most of the main girders were 40m long, 2m deep and weighed 50 tonnes. The bridge was completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

“Effective planning and collaboration were a hallmark of this project, particularly for the more complex bridges,” said Chris Droogan, managing director of Cleveland Bridge UK. It enabled all parties to understand each other’s requirements and to work effectively together to meet and exceed programme times.”

The Structural Steel Design Awards were started in 1969 and the 2020 edition is sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Trimble Solutions UK. Entries are open to steel-based structures in the UK or overseas that have been built by UK or Irish steelwork contractors. Winners will be announced in October.

Cleveland Bridge UK’s principal activity is the fabrication and erection of steel bridges, high-rise buildings and other steel structures.  It operates a nearly 9 hectare site in Darlington which features a 27,000m² fabrication plant along with a paint facility. The parent company Cleveland Bridge Group is part of the Al Rashaid Group, with other sites in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, China and India.