Buckingham Group Bridges the Grand Union Canal

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Named the UKs 20th largest Civils Contractor in New Civil Engineer's '2008 Contractor's File', Buckingham Group Contracting is pleased to record that it has successfully completed the placing of 12 Precast Concrete Bridge beams over the Grand Union Canal at Northampton.

The 19m long beams will form the bridge deck for a new road bridge over the Grand Union Canal at Rothersthorpe located on the A43 at the 15A junction of the M1 motorway, adjacent to the Rothersthorpe Motorway Services. The new bridge is necessitated by the dualling of the single carriageway link road at this busy motorway junction.

Working alongside live road traffic, utilising a 500 tonne Liebherr Crane with 165 tonne counterweight, Buckingham installed the 12 new beams that weighed a maximum of 55 tonnes in a seven hour window at the end of July. The canal remained open to traffic during lifting operations, with boats stopped and controlled by banksmen as each individual beam was placed.

Site Agent Sian Pitchford commented 'With good weather on our side, all went according to plan and we are pleased to have completed the beam lifts early in the day. This enables us to push forward with the road and bridge construction in time for the October Completion date.'    

Buckingham's overall Design and Build Contract Value is approximately £3.4m, with a 40 week programme period. The client is ProLogis Developments under a Section 278 Agreement with the Highways Agency. Carillion-URS is supervising the works on behalf of the Highways Agency.

One of the fastest growing Main Contractors in the UK, Buckingham Group have established themselves as leading Land Regeneration, Civils, Construction and Rail Contractors, undertaking significant multi-disciplinary construction projects across a wide range of sectors.

Further information can be found at http://www.buckinghamgroup.co.uk.

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