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Evening Technical Talk - The Spire Bridge, Sunderland

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 7 October 2019
  • Time(s)
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Venue
    Ulster Museum, Belfast

About the event

The Northern Spire is a landmark new bridge dominating Sunderland’s skyline, which opened in August 2018. It is central to a new strategic road linking the A19 to Sunderland city centre and Port of Sunderland, United Kingdom. The innovative project has raised the profile of civil engineering both in the UK and internationally.

The 105m A-frame pylon was transported by sea and river to site, before being raised into position during a carefully orchestrated two-day operation. The 330m deck was built alongside and launched across the river. Funded by the UK Government and Sunderland City Council, the £117 million project was commissioned and overseen by Sunderland City Council.

In May 2015, the Council awarded the main construction contract to FVB, an international joint venture set up by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction, and the Design Joint Venture of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and BuroHappold Engineering.

About the Speakers

Simon Fryer
Simon, Chartered Engineer, MEng CEng FICE MIStructE, is a Technical Director of BuroHappold Engineering with over 30 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects.

Tony Dempsey
Tony, BA BAI PhD CEng MIEI, is a director of Roughan and O’Donovan Consulting Engineers. He has over 25 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects.

Stephen McCaffrey
Stephen, Chartered Engineer, BEng CEng FICE MIEI CMgr MCMI is the Civil Engineering Divisional Commercial Manager for Farrans and was the Project Director for the Construction Joint Venture, Farrans – Victor Buyck.


Free and all are welcome to attend.

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