The Mersey Bridge, built by FCC Construccion, winner of the Award of Merit of the prestigious magazine ENR
The Mersey Bridge, built by the FCC Group Construction area, was the winner of the Award of Merit in the category of tunnels and bridges of the international magazine ENR.
A team of international juries has selected the winners of the 6th Global Best Projects Awards from ENR. Global Best Projects identifies and awards the best international construction companies that executed their projects in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.
The judges chose a set of 22 projects from 14 different countries and from all continents. The judges analyzed projects in different countries and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges and the quality of design and construction, with a special emphasis on the diversity of the global project teams and their collaboration. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and / or the construction industry.
In the category of tunnels and bridges, the winner of the Global Best Project was the Island & Tunnel Project of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. The Mersey Bridge has won the Award of Merit. The delivery ceremony will be held in New York on October 2.
The bridge was put into service in the month of October 2017 and has been awarded with multiple awards: RICS North West, in the categories of "Infrastructure" and "Overall Project of the Year". In addition, the work 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 section of approximately 1 kilometer and two viaducts. It has 4 bays supported by three pylons in the Mersey estuary. This unique work has a unique design. The central pylon reaches 80 m in height and is lower than the other two pylons, with 110 meters on the north side and 125 m on the south side, 1,296 km 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 m3 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.