Pillar Wedge has played a key role in the renovation of one of the world’s longest steel arched bridges.
The plant has galvanized 100 tonnes of structural steel for Morecambe-based T.P Aspinall & Sons Ltd, as part of a major upgrade to the Silver Jubilee bridge at Runcorn Gap.
The grade II Listed Silver Jubilee Bridge, which runs over the River Mersey, connecting Runcorn to Widnes, sees 80,000 motorists a day pass over it, and is currently undergoing extensive maintenance and repair. Pillar Wedge galvanized the steel, which has been used to replace 1km of walkway balustrade, which is vital to ensure the stability of the infrastructure as a major transport route in Halton, Cheshire.
Mark Waters, Commercial Manager at Pillar Wedge, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Aspinalls on this project which has helped revive a bridge of such importance to the local area. It was essential we galvanized the steel as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure minimal disruption in a particularly time-sensitive project.”
Myk Whitehead, Project Manager at T.P Aspinall & Sons Ltd, commented: “The galvanizing process ensures the longevity of the bridge for many years to come and means we do not need to undertake unscheduled repairs which would cause considerable disruption to a bridge which is one of the main transport links in the area.”