Tay Road Bridge collision protection work

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VolkerStevin Marine has started work on the second phase of the £15 million Tay Road Bridge Pier Collision Protection Scheme and is actively involving the local community. The project has been commissioned by the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board to ensure the bridge is not at risk of lengthy closure due to a serious ship impact at the navigation spans.

The works are due to start on site in March and will comprise of the installation of 60m long steel tubular driven piles and the installation of scour protection to the riverbed in the area of the pier protection works. This is carried out by placing a concrete mattress on the river bed.

The fabrication and installation of precast concrete shell units weighing between 250 and 300 tonnes each will then form the soffit and outer perimeter of the pier protection fendering structure. These will be placed onto the piled foundations and will be connected together structurally using concrete, which will be placed, in several stages.

The works will be carried out from substantial floating marine plant, which will be located in close proximity to the bridge and highly visible to users, however the road bridge will remain open and safe to traffic and pedestrians throughout the project.

During construction there will be opportunities available to the community through the project team’s partnership with the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board, Dundee City Council, Fife Council, Angus Council and the Discover Opportunities Employability Partnership. This secures community benefit in the form of employment and training opportunities for local people.

The site is also registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, showing VolkerStevin Marine’s commitment to operating with consideration for the environment and the local community it is working within.

Andrew Arbuckle, Chair of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board "The agreement we have reached with VolkerStevin is important because it means the company will help provide training and employment opportunities to local people looking for work in the construction sector.

"The contractor and sub contractors on these works will support a broad range of initiatives, including work experience for young people, promoting workforce development and the notification of all vacancies on site to the Construction Skills Bank which holds details of unemployed people with relevant skills and matches them to employers' vacancies."

Emmet Scanlan, project manager at VolkerStevin Marine, said: “The site is employing local people where possible, and we are currently looking for a graduate engineer to become part of our team. Materials are also being sourced locally, including concrete and steel reinforcement, in efforts to support local businesses. Several 250 and 300 tonne pre-cast concrete units are also being fabricated locally on land owned by Dundee Port.”

During its 45 year life span the Tay Road Bridge has been hit three times by shipping, each time causing superficial damage. These works will protect the bridge from a full impact, which could result in long term bridge closure and in turn cost the local economy an estimated £680 million. VolkerStevin Marine has completed the ground investigation works.

The site will be operational 24 hours a day due to the nature of the work and the tidal flows in the River Tay. All works are to operate within noise limits set out by the adjacent Local Authorities.

Work is expected to finish by November this year.

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