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The Gallery | 100m bridge centrepiece arrives

A 100m pylon, the centrepiece of Sunderland’s new bridge, has been transported to its final location on the construction site in the middle of the River Wear.

It will form the New Wear Crossing, which is being delivered by a Farrans Victor Buyck joint venture (FVB) on behalf of Sunderland City Council. The pylon was transported onto site via a barge and will be raised into place in a few weeks’ time.

In the next few days the pylon will be rotated 90 degrees in the river and final engineering works carried out to connect the legs of the pylon with the giant concrete tusks that are fixed into the riverbed inside the cofferdam, which will support the A-frame in its final position.

“A lot of work has been carried out on site during the last 18 months in preparation for the arrival on site of the A-frame pylon, so it’s great to get it here and focus on the next phases of the project,” said FVB project director Stephen McCaffrey.

“We needed to transport the pylon during a specific tidal window and unfortunately that meant taking it up the river during the early hours. However, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to see the pylon on site in the weeks and months ahead – particularly when it is raised into place in a few weeks’ time.

“Nothing of this scale has been lifted in this way in the UK since the London Eye was raised in 1999, and it will be quite something to watch, so we will definitely be telling people when that is happening.”

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