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Redrow installs £1million swing bridge in Fleetwood

Precision planning has ensured the delivery of a vital swing bridge to Redrow's Harbour Village development in Fleetwood and represents key infrastructure improvement for the area.

Police forces and council authorities were involved in the operation to transport the 27 metre-long bridge from Barnsley, where it was built, to the Lancashire seaside town around 100 miles away.

The bridge, which cost around £1m to build, will provide a pedestrian / cycleway link from Redrow's prestigious housing development with the harbour, the Freeport shopping outlet village and the high street of the town.

“It has been the result of months of design and planning to create this specialised structure, and to transport it from the manufacturers to its destination,” said Chris Mills, technical director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire).

“Operations like this take time and intricate planning to make sure that the process goes smoothly from the moment it leaves its construction base to the moment it arrives at its destination and is installed.

“It is a crucial part of Harbour Village and it is both exciting and satisfying to see it in place, ready for the final installation as the development continues to progress.”

The bridge was constructed by Qualter Hall & Company Ltd from Barnsley South Yorkshire, a specialist engineering company with more than 150 years of experience in providing innovative turnkey solutions for a wide range of products including moving and static bridges, nuclear handling equipment, railway rolling stock and underground transportation systems worldwide.

Other recent projects have included the design, supply, installation and commissioning of an international award winning architectural swing bridge for Scale Lane in Hull (recently voted one of the world’s top 10 bridges), new double leaf pedestrian swing bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin and a two leaf Bascule/Lift Bridge, in partnership with sister company Waagner-Biró, in Indonesia. In partnership with CH2M and Balfour Beatty, it is to have a major role in providing flood defences for the Thames Estuary as part of an Environment Agency long term Framework contract

The swing bridge at Harbour Village will cross the Wyre Marina at the Fleetwood Harbour Entrance Channel on the River Wyre, and will provide pedestrian and cycle linkage from Fleetwood town centre via Dock Street, Queen’s Terrace and Station Road through the open space and cycle footpaths within the Harbour Village development and through to Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve, Jameson Road and the Wyre Estuary Coastal Path.

It will be open to pedestrians other than approximately two hours either side of high tides, when it will swing to allow vessel access to the marina.

The bridge is 27 metres in length and 3 metres wide. It has a mast height of 10 metres and weighs approximately 27 tons.

Graham Carr, technical director for Qualter Hall & Co said: “To transport such a long and wide abnormal load requires detailed planning/ coordination and the haulier must choose a suitable route on which the load can travel safely and with minimal disruption to the public usually moving outside rush hour times and overnight.

“The relevant authorities are notified of the intended move, these consist of the police forces and councils of the counties that the load passes through, and the highway, rail and water authorities need to be notified a minimum of 48 hours prior to the move.”

A 200-ton crane was used to lift the bridge off the trailer and lower it onto temporary supports, before final assembly can go ahead along with fitting and completion of the electrical works required. The bridge can then be rotated and fixed in position. It is expected to be ready for use towards the end of summer.

Harbour Village is a seaside development right at the tip of the Fylde peninsula. With stunning views of the Wyre estuary and carefully planned to the smallest detail, it features homes from Redrow's Heritage Collection, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern, interior designs, as well as more contemporary estuary facing homes and apartments. There are currently three and four bedroom properties available from £179,995.

For more information visit the marketing suite between 11am-5pm from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. Alternatively call 01253 923633 or visit www.redrow.co.uk/harbour-village.

For more information re Qualter Hall & Company Ltd, see www.qualterhall.co.uk.

Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.

Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:

• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.

• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.

• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.

Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.