The bridge delivery will begin in the early hours of Christmas morning (image supplied by Graham Group)
Something will be stirring on the night before Christmas – as Graham Group starts the installation of a 350t, 66m-long steel bridge at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Its workers will begin work in the early hours of Christmas morning to install the pedestrian and cycle bridge to link museums, theatres, music studios and the London College of Fashion with the new business district at International Quarter London, all contained within the £1.1bn East Bank culture and education district.
The antisocial hour and time of year means that Graham will be able to take advantage of the rail network shutdown to position the bridge across three Network Rail lines, two DLR lines and Carpenters Road. Workers hope to finish the installation in time for the Queen’s Speech at 3pm.
The bridge is formed of a portal frame and bearings, a concrete cill beam and bearings within an existing retaining wall structure.
Leo Martin, managing director of Graham’s civil engineering division said: “Our teams have been working incredibly hard on this new link for East Bank.
“While many people will be getting an early night in anticipation of enjoying the festivities during Christmas Day, our dedicated teams will be working through the night to get the bridge in place – minimising disruption to the people who will reap the benefits once the work is complete.
“The team will be putting the bridge in place using a self-propelled modular transporter rather than the traditional usage of a crane used on similar projects. This provides greater certainty to the installation.”
“I can’t thank our team enough, who will always look to go above and beyond to enhance the reputation of GRAHAM, whilst doing their utmost to make sure disruption on the community is kept to a minimum.”
Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development at London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “East Bank is a vital scheme to deliver thousands of jobs and opportunities in east London. Our thanks go to all the hard working construction staff who have made fantastic progress, especially those from GRAHAM and their contractors who will be working over the Christmas holidays to deliver a new bridge during the Christmas blockade to avoid disrupting the rail network.”
The bridge work is due to be completed in spring 2020.