Congratulations to the many CEMEX colleagues who helped make the 2 major continuous pours at Mersey Gateway a success. Each pour lasted over 24 hours and the concrete was used in the base of the south and north pylons. The Mersey Gateway, being delivered by the Merseylink consortium, will be a new six lane toll bridge over the Mersey and will have 3 pylons erected out of the river bed.
The first pour for the north pylon took place at the end of last week and took 25 hours with 1,200 cu metres delivered in 175 loads, and the second for the south pylon has just been completed in 24 hours and 45 mins. 1,398 cu metres were poured and delivered in 200 loads. The concrete is being used in the bases of the pylons. 120,000 cu metres of technically complex concretes will be supplied over 29 months for the construction of the new bridge. Dedicated Liebherr concrete plants, on each side of the River Mersey, had been built – the south plant in Runcorn erected in December 2014 and the north plant in Widnes erected at the beginning of 2015.
Craig Williamson, Regional Director, Northern & Scotland comments: “The pours were a challenge and we are delighted they were successful. 65 CEMEX colleagues were involved directly in the pours with input from additional colleagues from other areas of the business to ensure all the materials were available at the plants for batching the concrete.”