Mabey Hire helps deliver bypass in the UK’s third most congested city

Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey Hire has announced that it is working on a vital project to build a 58km bypass in Aberdeen, the third most congested city in the UK1.

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project is being delivered by Transport Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council. Aberdeen Roads Limited was awarded the contract to build the AWPR/B-T in December 2014 and has appointed AWPR Construction Joint Venture, comprising Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try, to build the 58km road.

Using experience from last year’s Mersey Gateway project, Mabey Hire was brought on to the project to provide temporary support structures for the pre-cast concrete beams for a number of the 75 structures to be built across the project. These beams form the bridge decks as they are craned into position and while the permanent concrete cross head beams are constructed.

The scheme combines a number of Mabey Hire’s industry-leading propping and jacking systems to provide a turnkey, cost-effective engineering solution. As a result, the company’s dedicated fabrication unit has produced around 200 tonnes of equipment specifically for this project.

Gordon MacDonald, CEO, Mabey Hire said: “Aberdeen’s peak time traffic is so huge it eclipses that of London. To reduce this large-scale congestion and help limit pollution costs, our experienced delivery team has been working with Aberdeen Roads Limited to make sure this project is managed as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. Since our involvement, we’ve completed seven structures, with one more in the pipeline.”

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