The centrepiece of Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing, the impressive 100m pylon, has been raised into position. The pylon will took 16hours to be lifted into place and was the first time that something of this size has been lifted in this way, in the UK, since the London Eye was erected in 1999.
The £117m bridge is at the heart of the Sunderland’s Strategic Transport Corridor, a dual carriageway that will link the A19 with the Port of Sunderland and Sunderland City Centre. The route, due to be finished in Spring 2018 will aim to reduce congestion and increase the development opportunities in key riverside sites including Deptford and Farringdon Row.
We have been involved with the scheme since its inception in 2006, providing Sunderland City Council with assistance in route selection and preparation of site acquisition budgets, and acquisition of land and buildings affected by the route.
Our Compulsory Purchase expert Richard Farr represented the Local Authority as expert witness at Public Inquiry, and he continues to manage the acquisition programme, dealing with compensation claims arising from the formal compulsory purchase orders executed by the Council.
Richard commented, “Now, almost 10 years after starting work on this project, it’s great to the see the New Wear Crossing nearing completion. It is one of the most impressive pieces of infrastructure in the region is now twice the height of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.”
You can find out more about the scheme by clicking here, and watch a video of the pylon being raised into position here.