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 Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE for its acronym in English).
The IABSE has awarded 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, for example in the categories "Infrastructure" and "Overall Project of the Year" of the prestigious RICS North West awards. In addition, the Mersey Bridge has been the protagonist of the prestigious magazine New Civil Engineer. In the main article of the magazine, a description was made of 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 central cable-stayed section of approximately 1 kilometer and two access viaducts connected without joints to the central part. The central section has 4 bays 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 in height and is lower than the other two pylons, with 110 meters on the north side and 125 meters on the south side, 1,296 kilometers of cables connected with these piles to the bridge deck 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 design of the bridge has followed the premise of minimal impact on the environment, 1,423,225 tons of materials have been recovered and reused in construction.
Throughout the process of construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge, approximately 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.