Exemplar project progresses on the A465 with the largest crane in Europe

Over the last 2 weeks the UK’s largest mobile crane a 1,200 tonne capacity Gottwald AK680-3 has been mobilised on Costain’s A465 Section 2 Project in preparation for a series of lifts to install the main deck girders of the Saleyard River Crossing Bridge.

Over the last 2 weeks the UK’s largest mobile crane a 1,200 tonne capacity Gottwald AK680-3 has been mobilised on Costain’s A465 Section 2 Project in preparation for a series of lifts to install the main deck girders of the Saleyard River Crossing Bridge. 

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The six 67m span main plate girders are currently being bought onto site in sections by Victor Buyck Steel Construction, with the lifting being carried out by Sarens Group.

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Over the next month the girders sections will be spliced together into pairs of four-metre-high beams weighing 140 tonnes. These will be lifted into place on the abutments, ready to take an innovative precast concrete deck to be completed later on in the year.

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