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Gloucester Quays Monk
Gloucester Docks &
the Sharpness Canal
for the New Bridge
The picture shows
an impression of the bridge viewed from the south. Designed by White
Young Green of Bristol as a landmark structure, the bridge will
have a single counter-balanced lifting span stiffened by tensioned
cables attached to two tall tubular masts joined by a horizontal
bar at the top. The bridge span will be as slimline as possible
to preserve the existing views, and the open aspect will be maintained
by keeping the approach embankments as far back from the canal edge
as possible. The bridge will have an air draught of 5.6 metres to
allow most boats to pass underneath. It will be paid for by English
Partnerships as a contribution to the regeneration of central Gloucester.
for constructing the bridge and the approach roads was awarded to
Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd of Abergavenny in January 2007. Site
clearance work started immediately, and public access along the
towpath was fenced off.
began driving piles into the canal bank in early March to prepare
the foundations for the bridge abutments, and they started forming
the huge western approach embankment. In June, concrete was poured to
form the dolphins that will guide vessels through the bridge-hole
when the lifting section of the bridge deck is raised. More spoil
was brought in to raise the embankments for the approach roads.
By October, the approach road embankments
were well advanced, and the foundations for the lifting mechanism
were constructed on the west bank. A temporary structure was put
up to support the components of the lifting span during fabrication,
and the first deck girder was lifted into place on 9 November. The
fixed span of the bridge on the east bank was constructed.
of the lifting span on a temporary structure to the west of the
canal was completed, the masts and cables needed to stiffen the
span were installed on 8 January.
On 15 January, the 300
tonne lifting span was pushed in stages along rails until it spanned
the canal and linked up with the fixed structure on the east side
of the canal. (Photo: English Partnerships)
The span was partially lifted on
18 January to test the hydraulics, and it was fully lifted on 25
January to allow the tall ship Phoenix to pass down the canal.
The final section of the bridge
deck, between the lifting span and the western embankment, was put
into position in February. The control cabin was under construction
The bridge was officially named
on 18 Nov 2008 and was opened to traffic on 23 Nov 2008.
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