Harland and Wolff Spans Southwards with two More Dublin Bridges

Friday 18 June 2004

The two steel bridges span approximately 40 and 95 metres and are designed to carry four-lane carriageways which South Dublin City Council aims to complete early this summer. They follow Harland and Wolff’s completion of the high-tech Calatrava-designed James Joyce Bridge and Ha’penny Bridge, both in Dublin city centre.

Harland and Wolff’s Project Manager, Alan Haley, says, “The substantial facilities at Harland and Wolff allowed us to produce the structures to the highest standards and strictest of tolerances. Trial erection during the construction sequence guaranteed smooth final erection on site.”

“Our erection strategy for the installation of the bridges ensured minimum disruption to the general public by erecting the Canal Bridge in only four days, and restricting the N7 over-bridge erection to 6 weekend evenings.”

Harland and Wolff was contracted by Coffey Construction, one of the largest civil engineering contractors in Ireland which also has operations in Britain. Coffey Construction had been appointed by South Dublin County Council for the overall project.

Tom O’Connor Director of Coffey Construction Ltd said, “We were pleased with the level of professionalism Harland and Wolff brought to the job. The quality of work, the planning, the ability to provide the final product on time and the co-operative nature with which they approached the work meant that the job was completed in a very satisfactory manner.”

“This was Coffey Construction Ltd's first time working with Harland and Wolff and given the results it won't be our last.”

The two N7 bridges mark Harland and Wolff’s continued success in the civil engineering sector both in Ireland and Great Britain. The Belfast company has been appointed to fabricate and install bridges in Colchester and Montrose in Scotland in the coming months.

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Media contacts:
David McVeigh, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries, tel: +44 (0)2890 458456 or davidmc@harland-wolff.com
Joris Minne, JLPR, tel: +44 (0)2890 471282 or j.minne@johnlairdpr.com NOTES:
· Bridge no.1 crosses the Grand Canal in south Dublin. It spans 40 metres, is 28 metres wide and weighs 230 tonnes
· Bridge no.2 is an overbridge. It spans 95 metres, is 26 metres wide and weighs 635 tonnes

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