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New bridge is a UK first to combat risk of flooding

A new stainless steel and concrete bridge, the first of its kind in the UK, has opened to pedestrians and vehicles in Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. It replaces its 250-year-old stone predecessor, which was destroyed during severe flooding as a result of Storm Desmond in 2015. The new single-span bridge has

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Eric Wright Completes £12.7m York Student Housing Development

Eric Wright Construction has completed the 18 month £12.7 million student housing development in York, delivering 326 units of student accommodation in York. The £12.7 million McLaren Property development is made up of two four storey blocks with 326 bedrooms and will serve a local teaching hospital, the University of

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

Eric Wright

New bridge is a UK first to combat risk of flooding

A new stainless steel and concrete bridge, the first of its kind in the UK, has opened to pedestrians and vehicles in Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. It replaces its 250-year-old stone predecessor, which was destroyed during severe flooding as a result of Storm Desmond in 2015. The new single-span bridge has been designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and is in keeping with its location in Ullswater on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Hanson UK worked with contractor Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd to create a bespoke concrete mix for the lower arch of the steel bridge, designed and constructed to provide structural strength, and also supplied and laid the asphalt to complete the project. The steelwork for the new bridge was manufactured off-site in two sections, fabricated and welded on an adjacent piece of land, where the concrete lower arch was installed to allow the whole structure to be lifted into place over the River Eamont. The high early strength concrete mix included Hanson Regen GGBS (ground granulated blastfurnace slag), a cement replacement product which enhances the durability of the concrete while adding to its sustainability credentials. It is a by-product and using it to replace one tonne of Portland cement reduces the embodied CO2 of the concrete by around 780kg. Its use in large pours also helps minimise the production of heat, reducing the risk of thermal cracking. In total 1,200 cubic metres of concrete containing Regen have been supplied by Hanson’s nearby Penrith concrete plant to create the lower arch, bridge deck, bridge abutment and walls, highway approach retaining walls and several temporary works. “Concrete supply to this project was always going to be a challenge due to the location, unique characteristics of the bridge and the tight deadline,” said Nick Graham, technical sales officer at Hanson Concrete. Technical services manager Terry Balmer added: “Our technical team was involved early in the design stage due to the complex concrete requirements, especially for the high-quality visual concrete that makes up the deck composite, and this partnership working was fundamental to the success of the project.” To complete the project, Hanson supplied 275 tonnes of asphalt from its nearby plant at Shap, which was laid by the company’s specialist contracting team. This included 130 tonnes of Tufflex, chosen for its durability and high resistance to cracking, for the surface course. In addition to the complex nature of the bridge, the final abutment work, concrete arch and composite deck – as well as the asphalt – were all supplied under the added pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated issues entailed with furloughed staff and social distancing protocols.

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Eric Wright Completes £12.7m York Student Housing Development

Eric Wright Construction has completed the 18 month £12.7 million student housing development in York, delivering 326 units of student accommodation in York. The £12.7 million McLaren Property development is made up of two four storey blocks with 326 bedrooms and will serve a local teaching hospital, the University of York St John and the University of York. The development was completed in time for the 2016/17 academic year and was designed by Leeds based firm DLA Architecture and is organised in a cluster style. The shared kitchens and independent studio flats are complimented by student and administration facilities, secure bicycle and car parking and landscaped gardens areas to be used by students and staff. The development is externally surrounded by a boundary fence, which provides gated access for pedestrians, cars and cycles. The project also has a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’ and will cater for the continuing strong demand for student housing in York. The site’s central location will allow for an easy journey for its students, visitors and staff arriving on campus on foot, bicycle or via local transport links. Eric Wright Construction’s Operations Manager, John Hartnett, commented: “This high quality student accommodation is designed to help meet York’s growing student housing requirements. We are delighted to have collaborated on this project with high-profile partners and to enhance our portfolio of successful student accommodation in the region.” Meanwhile, Senior Development Manager with McLaren Property, Jez Conen, said that the development has been designed and built to a very high standard. He added that the team at Eric Wright have been good to work with and that they are delighted with the finished product. Last month, Eric Wright Construction secured the Manchester Life contract to build a 158 unit build to rent project in Ancoats for Sawmill Court.

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