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Mott MacDonald appointed design checker for new River Wear bridge

Mott MacDonald has been appointed as the Category III design checker by Sunderland City Council for its new landmark River Wear bridge.

The new bridge and its approach roads, which form a key phase of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor, are designed to open up more of Sunderland’s riverside land for regeneration and improve transport links from the city to the main highways routes in North East England.

The cable stayed bridge will be easily recognisable, as each of its two masts will have cables on one side only giving the bridge its landmark appearance. One mast will be 187m in height, making it the tallest bridge in England.

Mott MacDonald will be responsible for the complete verification of all elements of the bridge, including the stability and stress checks, review of designer’s design statements, 3D modelling and wind tunnel work.

Mott MacDonald project director, Jeffrey Fisher said: “Mott MacDonald has a long and successful history in the design and delivery of structures, and we are delighted to be involved in this important project. The 338 metre bridge will help give the city’s economy a further boost, as well as giving Sunderland and the North East region a new landmark.”

Mott MacDonald is recognised as a global leader in bridge engineering with capabilities covering the full spectrum of bridge planning, design and construction supervision.

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