AINSCOUGH LIFT 1000 BRIDGE BEAMS AT KEY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

Lifting services company Ainscough Group has helped to complete the safe installation of 1000 bridge beams for Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project.

The AWPR/B-T is the longest roads project currently under construction in the UK, and involves the construction of 58km of dual carriageway between Stonehaven and Tipperty.

ARL is constructing the road on behalf of Transport Scotland and its partners, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council as part of the commitment to improve travel in the North-east of Scotland. The works include constructing 75 new bridges along the route.

The 1000th beam was lifted into place by a team from James Jack Lifting Services, at Goval in the north section of the project. A banner was attached to the beam to mark the occasion.

Operating under contract lift rules, the work to lift the 1000th beam was delivered using a 500-tonne Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 with ‘superlift’ configuration of a 47.3 metre boom counter-weighted with 135-tonne of ballast.

Craig Ashford, Key Account Manager at James Jack Lifting Services said: “To reach this milestone on the AWPR is a great achievement for all of us involved.

“The route will bring relief for many motorists and residents in the region and will help businesses serve their customers in a more efficient manner. It will undoubtedly have a positive effect for Aberdeen and beyond.”

In total, 1,183 beams are required along the length of the AWPR/B-T, which is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Scotland. Final works to the route are expected to be completed in the winter of 2017/18.

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