Lanes Group has won a contract to deliver specialist drainage services for the joint venture constructing the New Wear Bridge in Sunderland.
Drainage teams based at the Lanes depot in Newcastle have begun carrying out drainage work for the £117.6 million project which is expected to give the region a major regeneration boost.
It is the second major bridge building project Lanes Group has been contracted to work on in recent months. The company is also providing specialist drainage support for the Mersey Gateway Project, a new bridge across the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes.
The New Wear Bridge is being built across the River Wear between the districts of Wessington and Pallion, and is designed to improve transport links between Sunderland city centre, the Port of Sunderland, the A19 and the wider region.
The three-span cable stay bridge, which is due to open in spring 2018, will also open up new development sites at either end, creating opportunities for job-creation and housing.
National drainage and maintenance specialist Lanes Group won a competitive tender to become the sole drainage contractor for the joint venture partners, Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction.
Richard Bell, Commercial Manager for Farrans Construction, said: “We wanted to work with a company based in the region that has the expertise, experience and capacity to support us throughout this high profile development.
“Lanes Group secured appointment after a robust procurement process and fully meets our subcontractor selection requirements. We are looking forward to using their experience to help deliver the New Wear Bridge for the people of Sunderland.”
Lanes drainage engineers have started work on the project. Tasks already carried out include desilting drainage pipes and carrying out CCTV drainage surveys.
Trevor Sawyer, Area Development Manager for the Lanes Newcastle depot, said: “It’s a privilege to be working on a project that will bring so many benefits to hundreds of thousands of people across the North East.
“A significant amount of the work involves carrying out desilting and CCTV drainage work along the highway network that the New Wear Bridge will eventually serve.
“Our experience providing specialist drainage support for major highways schemes in the North East will stand us in good stead, and we are looking forward to playing our part in creating the new Wear crossing.”
The New Wear Bridge will be 336 metres long and will have a central A-frame cable pylon rising to 105 metres – twice the height of Nelson’s column, and higher than Big Ben.
Lanes Group: www.lanesfordrains.co.uk.