New Forth Bridge breaks concrete record

Work on the foundations is said to be progressing well.
Work on the foundations is said to be progressing well.
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A NEW world record has been set in the building of the new Forth Bridge - in the slightly obscure category of “largest continuous underwater concrete pour”.

Transport Scotland announced today that foundation work for the 210 metre high Queensferry Crossing had seen a 15-day, 24-hour non-stop operation, successfully pouring 16,869m3 of concrete to the foundations of the south tower.

The concrete pour is the latest foundation work for the three main towers that will support the bridge’s deck, with work already progressing well on the centre tower structure and the north tower base.

Carlo Germani, Project Director for the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors consortium said: “Construction focus now switches from below the waves to above as we start work on the erection of the three towers. Over the past 15 months, the foundations team has done a fantastic job and I congratulate them.

“The three steel caissons are amongst the largest structures ever lowered to the seabed anywhere in the world and we have successfully placed them extremely accurately in often difficult marine and weather conditions.

“The underwater concrete pour operation went without a hitch thanks to detailed advance preparation and is a credit to the skills of the team.”

Transport Scotland, Project Director David Climie said: “There has been excellent team work and a fantastic effort to get us to this point. We have come through a very challenging phase of construction.”