The UK Hire business of bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has highlighted its role in delivering the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T), cutting journey times and reducing pollution in the UK’s third most congested city.

The 58km bypass project is being delivered by Transport Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire CouncilAberdeen Roads Limited was awarded the contract to build the AWPR/B-T in December 2014 and has appointed AWPR Construction Joint Venture, comprising Balfour BeattyCarillion and Galliford Try, to build the road.

Using experience from last year’s Mersey Gateway project, Mabey was brought on to the project to provide temporary support structures for the pre-cast concrete beams for a number of the 75 structures to be built across the project. These beams form the bridge decks as they are craned into position and while the permanent concrete cross head beams are constructed.

The scheme combines a number of Mabey’s industry-leading propping and jacking systems to provide a turnkey, cost-effective engineering solution. As a result, the company’s dedicated fabrication unit has produced around 200 tonnes of equipment specifically for this project.

Gordon MacDonald, CEO, Mabey Hire, said: “Aberdeen’s peak time traffic is so huge it eclipses that of London. To reduce this large-scale congestion and help limit pollution costs, our experienced delivery team has been working with Aberdeen Roads Limited to make sure this project is managed as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. Since our involvement, we’ve completed seven structures, with one more in the pipeline.”

Source: Scottish Construction Now!

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