Cleveland Bridge in Darlington secures future with new Forth Road Bridge girder order

Darlington and Stockton Times: Welders at Cleveland Bridge work on a section of footbridge Welders at Cleveland Bridge work on a section of footbridge

AN ENGINEERING company in the North-East that built some of the world's most famous bridges has secured its future by winning a deal for the new Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.

Cleveland Bridge in Darlington beat international rivals to the multi-million pounds order that safeguards 260 jobs and creates 130.

The consortium Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) has appointed Cleveland Bridge to make massive steel girders that will support viaducts at either end of the 1.7 mile long structure.

The deal has given the Darlington firm confidence to take on apprentices and draw up plans to buy new machinery.

The global downturn has been tough for the Yarm Road company which needs a steady stream of major building contracts to retain its 260 staff.

Its last big deal came in 2008 when it was asked to make and fit 21,180 tonnes of steel bridge girders for the M74 and the M8 motorways in Glasgow.

The new contract secures work for the next 18 months and means it will enter 2013 with optimism.

The three tower, cable-stayed bridge will be constructed west of the existing Forth Road Bridge, which was built by Cleveland Bridge in 1964. The old bridge is being phased out as it comes to the end of its lifespan.

The new £790m road link between Edinburgh and Fife, which will be one of Europe's biggest civil engineering projects when work starts next year, continues Cleveland Bridge's proud 135 year history.

Andy Hall, the company's general manager said: "We are delighted to have secured a significant contract on this prestigious project and look forward to working with FCBC. We have worked extremely hard to secure this contract against international competition and this contract will provide a solid foundation for our Darlington facility for the next 18 months, giving us the opportunity to recruit and build on our existing engineering, workshop and site resource."

A recruitment drive will begin for 70 fabrication workers, 10 staff in projects and engineering, and 50 for site labour.

Fabrication work will begin at the Darlington factory in the spring.

Cleveland Bridge has earned a reputation worldwide for building iconic structures such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia and the Victoria Falls Bridge which spans the River Zambesi in southern Africa.

It constructed bridges that cross the Tees and the Tyne, and in 1911 it designed the iconic Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

Carlo Germani, FCBC project director, said: "Cleveland Bridge rightly enjoys an international reputation for their specialist skills and expertise built up over many years. We look forward to working with them."

The bridge will open to traffic in 2016. Steel for the project is being supplied by Tata Steel from its mills in Scunthorpe and Motherwell.

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7:39am Mon 17 Dec 12

david l. reed says...

Good news for Cleveland and that the work is being done in the UK.
Good news for Cleveland and that the work is being done in the UK. david l. reed

8:52am Mon 17 Dec 12

Yemen says...

once again evidence that the north east rightlyattracts international recognition for its engineering heritage !
once again evidence that the north east rightlyattracts international recognition for its engineering heritage ! Yemen

9:27am Mon 17 Dec 12

johnny_p says...

Brilliant! Narrowing the North-South divide and keeping proper jobs in the region.
Brilliant! Narrowing the North-South divide and keeping proper jobs in the region. johnny_p

10:34am Mon 17 Dec 12

Expatriat says...

It will be interesting to see where the extra workers come from, Darlington?
It will be interesting to see where the extra workers come from, Darlington? Expatriat

12:35pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Spy Boy says...

Good news for the company and the town.
Good news for the company and the town. Spy Boy

2:25pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Ally F says...

Here's hoping this contract goes more smoothly than many recent CBE ones. Good news for the N.E.

Yemen, I agree with the sentiment about engineering heritage, but the reality is that money talks and bull**** walks - construction contracts these days are awarded on lowest first cost and highest risk transfer basis. Much of the fabrication for the £790M new Forth Road Bridge will come from lower cost countries in the EU and China. Good news that CBE will play a part in that however.
Here's hoping this contract goes more smoothly than many recent CBE ones. Good news for the N.E. Yemen, I agree with the sentiment about engineering heritage, but the reality is that money talks and bull**** walks - construction contracts these days are awarded on lowest first cost and highest risk transfer basis. Much of the fabrication for the £790M new Forth Road Bridge will come from lower cost countries in the EU and China. Good news that CBE will play a part in that however. Ally F

4:18pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ian16th says...

Expatriat wrote:
It will be interesting to see where the extra workers come from, Darlington?
More likely Gdansk!
[quote][p][bold]Expatriat[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see where the extra workers come from, Darlington?[/p][/quote]More likely Gdansk! ian16th

6:36pm Mon 17 Dec 12

spragger says...

Well done Cleveland Bridge!
When we get our act together we have among the best engineering in the world
Well done Cleveland Bridge! When we get our act together we have among the best engineering in the world spragger

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