The Mersey Bridge, built by FCC Construcción, considered the best bridge in the world by the International Association of Bridges and Structural Engineering
The Mersey Bridge (United Kingdom), built by FCC Construcción, has been awarded as the best bridge in the world by the International Association of Bridges and Structural Engineering (IABSE). The prize has been presented at the IABSE International Congress held on September 3 and 4, in New York, and attended by leading personalities from the scientific, technical and business world of the civil infrastructure world. Highlights the assistance of the Director General of Roads of the Ministry of Development, as well as various representatives of engineering and construction.
The IABSE has awarded him the first prize, recognizing the outstanding characteristics of the project worldwide, highlighting its uniqueness, innovation and respect for the environment.
The project built by FCC Construcción has won several awards, such as in the "Infrastructure" and "Overall Project of the Year" categories of the prestigious RICS North West awards. In addition, the Mersey Bridge has been the protagonist of the prestigious New Civil Engineer magazine. In the main article of the magazine a description was made about the new bridge as well as the main objective of this great civil work, recognized by KPMG among the 100 most important infrastructure projects in the world.
The bridge has a total length of 2,248 meters, with a cable-stayed central section of approximately 1 kilometer and two access viaducts connected without joints to the central part. The central section has 4 openings supported by three pylons in the Mersey estuary. This unique work has a unique design due to the different heights of the pylons. The central pylon reaches 80 meters high and is lower than the other two pylons, with 110 meters that of the north side and 125 m that of the south side, 1,296 kilometers of cables connected with these batteries to the bridge board have been used. The new road network includes a total of 12 bridges and 7 new links, with 127,425 cubic meters of concrete used in the work. The work has been carried out with the highest environmental standards, the bridge design has followed the premise of minimal environmental impact, 1,423,225 tons of materials have been recovered and reused in construction.
During the entire construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge, about 4,600 people have been employed both directly and indirectly. The project will benefit not only the area of the Liverpool region, with a population of more than 1.6 million inhabitants, but also the northwest area of England.