Forth Road Bridge, Glasgow UK

Project facts

Description Forth Road Bridge, Glasgow
Challenge To replace the bridge bearings without holding up the traffic

Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge is one of the world’s most significant long-span suspension bridges. The structure is more than 2.5 km long and has been spanning the Firth of Forth since 1964, connecting Edinburgh to Fife. With regular maintenance and refurbishment, the bridge structure has been kept in shape — without disrupting traffic flow on this important link.

The large bearings at both ends of the bridge give the superstructures of the approach viaducts the freedom of movement to adapt to fluctuations in temperature and stressing. For the replacement of these vital bearings, Brand Energy (Formerly Harsco Infrastructure) produced a project-specific scaffold structure to enable the replacement work to proceed smoothly without traffic hold-ups. The necessary working and protective scaffold was customized using standard elements of the rugged and adaptable CUPLOK® modular scaffold system.

"The workforce had to operate on some of the remote areas of the bridge structure and the aim was to create a completely safe access. Despite the size of the project we wanted to ensure we did not overcomplicate the solution. Although we frequently design and produce new products to satisfy individual project requirements, this contract demonstrates our ability to design and construct a bespoke solution for a complex project primarily using standard products from our range."

Tony Knight, Sales Manager UK

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