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Exciting New Steel Structures Arrive for Gull Wing Bridge, Lowestoft

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The second and third major steel sections of the Gull Wing bridge in Lowestoft have arrived.

Crowds and photographers were eager to capture the arrival of the steel structures. The North Approach Viaduct (NAV2 and NAV3) sections arrived at the construction site on Lake Lothing on Wednesday March 25 following an eight-hour crossing on a barge from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. 

Leading building and civil engineering contractor Farrans are constructing the bridge for Suffolk County Council. Farrans Construction is a leading civil engineering and building contractor and has over 80 years’ experience delivering world-class projects across the UK.

During the delivery of the steel structures, navigating the barge has proven to be a challenge during this process as it goes into the inner harbour, with transfer of the steel structure from the barge being supervised by a team of experienced civil engineers, port masters and marine experts. 

Similar to the North Approach Viaduct 11 (NAV1), which arrived in March 2022, the barge’s arrival was reliant on favourable weather conditions as it requires a slack tide for it to enter the inner harbour.

The arrival of the steel structures

In the coming days, the sections will be lifted from the barge and positioned onto the pier so they can join together. This will be done by bolting the splices before lining and levelling the sections into the correct position. Following this, the concrete decks will be cast before the street furniture and surfacing are placed. 

The crane took three days to assemble and was brought on 18 articulated lorries.

Steel structures arrive by sea
Steel structures arrive by sea for the Gull bridge (Image, Suffolk County Council)

What has Suffolk Council have to say about this?

Suffolk County Council Project Director, Simon Bretherton, said: 

“This is another major step forward for the Gull Wing project and we continue to make good progress with construction.

“The arrival and installation of these two sections over the coming weeks are further signs of the bridge taking shape and which, once complete, will deliver a structure that will not only be iconic but also a positive and long-lasting legacy for jobs, businesses and connectivity for the town of Lowestoft and the wider area.”

Project Director on Gull Wing Bridge for Farrans, Neil Rogers, has also said:

“The arrival of NAV 2 and 3 marks another major milestone in the progress of this important infrastructure project for Suffolk County Council. Moving large steel structures such as these take months of planning, and we are pleased that they have arrived safely to their permanent home. 

“This week we have also had the arrival of the crane that we will use to lift these sections of the bridge. The crane for NAV2 and 3 is a Liebherr LR1600. This is a 600-tonne capacity crane that is a little over twice the capacity of the crane currently working on the control tower (250t). It uses a super-lift system which means that it has a much greater lifting capacity at the same radius.”

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