Darlington-based Cleveland Bridge has received £49M of government funding to construct 250 modular bridges for rural Sri Lankan communities.
The project is being financed by export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF), which works closely with the Department for International Trade.
The modular bridges will be designed and built in the UK then assembled in Sri Lanka.
The project is expected to accelerate Sri Lanka’s development through improvements in its rural transport infrastructure, according to UKEF.
UKEF expects the new bridges to reduce transport costs and cut the distance local people need to travel to reach essential services such as healthcare and education.
In addition, the Sri Lankan government estimates that collectively the bridges will benefit more than 100,000 families as well as businesses in the country.
Cleveland Bridge has designed landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tyne Bridge. The firm designs its modular bridges in the UK.
International trade secretary Liam Fox said: “Cleveland Bridge demonstrates the value British design and engineering can bring to the world stage.
“I am delighted that as UKEF marks its centenary year, it continues not only to support the UK’s exporters but also those transformational projects that will have a direct impact on the lives of citizens across the globe.”
Cleveland Bridge commercial consultant Don Underwood added: “UKEF’s flexible support is hugely important for our international success, helping us build confidence with our overseas customers and access financing to deliver dynamic projects.”
UKEF last month announced its financial support for a project to improve Iraq’s power provision and late last year it funded work to improve Bahrain’s water supply.
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