Sunday, March 3, 2024

Bridge repair expertise wins two awards for Spencer Bridge Engineering

Spencer Bridge Engineering has won awards at two ceremonies for its work on the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Union Chain Bridge linking England and Scotland.

The company was named both the ‘Gold Winner’ of the Restoration Project of the Year Award and the ‘Silver Winner’ of the Community Engagement Award for the Union Chain Bridge project at the National Building and Construction Awards 2023.

It was also recognised for emergency works carried out on the Grade I listed Menai Suspension Bridge, the second oldest operational vehicular suspension bridge in the world.

The bridge crosses the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and mainland North Wales and, when opened in 1826, it had the longest span in the world at 176m. It was designed by prolific road, bridge and canal builder Thomas Telford, who became the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The bridge was immediately closed to vehicular traffic in October 2022 after a safety issue related to potential hanger failure was identified. Spencer Bridge Engineering designed, procured and installed secondary fail-safes at strategic hanger locations, enabling the bridge to be reopened on schedule in February this year.

In partnership with UK Highways A55, COWI, and the Welsh Government, Spencer Bridge Engineering has now won both the Infrastructure Project of the Year Award and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award at the Welsh Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Awards 2023.

Director Luke Fisher said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been honoured with these prestigious awards across two separate awards ceremonies.

“These awards further reinforce Spencer Bridge Engineering’s reputation as a leading specialist bridge works company. Our expertise, experience and wide-ranging capabilities across the company mean we’re a partner that can be trusted to deliver for our clients.

“I’d like to congratulate the team on their tremendous work that’s lead to this recognition.”

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