Spencer Group Safeguard Hull Bridge's Future
Posted on: 10/04/2015

Hull-based engineering firm Spencer Group have finished works on the iconic Humber Bridge, which included several replacements in order to ensure long-term structural safety.

The Spencer Group removed bearings and A-frames that had belonged on the bridge for more than 3 decades, replacing them instead with a more robust system of pendels and ‘wind shoes’- both of which will help to reduce the influence of weather and minimise heavy loading on the bridge deck.

Nick Cooper, Technical Director of the Spencer Group, said: “The delivery of this project gives the Humber Bridge security in its support bearing systems for many years ahead.” Adding that the work carried out by the firm would minimise the risk of a catastrophic failure in the near future.

“It has removed a risk that would have required major, unplanned works and the inevitable long-term closure of the bridge, with all the serious consequences that would have had for the region’s transport infrastructure and economy.”

The group were able to avoid closing the bridge whilst the works took place and was achieved through the companies multi-disciplinary knowledge.

Mr Cooper said: “Our knowledge of different disciplines and our ability to do the detailed design related to those disciplines meant that we knew exactly what the risks were so we could mitigate and remove these in order to deliver the project successfully.”

Whilst the Spencer Group have worked on many bridges across the world, Mr Smith, project manager for the contract, said: “Spencer was founded in Hull and has its headquarters in the city, so this has been an especially prestigious project for us.

“We work across the UK and Europe, but it is particularly pleasing to have delivered such a vitally important project to maintain a world-famous crossing on our doorstep.”

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