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Clyde Arc goes to court in January

The court case to determine who is liable for the high profile failure of a connection on the Glasgow Clyde Arc bridge is due to be heard in January next year.

The Clyde Arc was forced to close on 14 January 2008 after a hanger connection on the two year old bridge failed, causing a 35m long Macalloy bar to fall on to the carriageway.

This bar was one of 14 tension bars which suspended the deck from the bridge’s bowstring arch. A second crack in another connection was found 10 days later, prompting a decision to replace all the existing connections.

Connections supplier Macalloy has denied claims by steelwork fabricator Watson Steel that it supplied the project with faulty steel with poorly manufactured connection holes (NCE 2 April).

Experts to be called in

Watson is claiming £1.8M in compensation from Macalloy, because it had to replace the hanger connections.

The parties will call expert witnesses in respect of the mechanical, dimensional and metallurgical properties of the hanger forks and the design and construction of the Clyde Arc, including the tensioning of the hangers.

The date was set following a case management conference at the Technology & Construction court last month.

The case will start on 25 January and is estimated to last eight days.

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