BRITISH FIRMS have missed out on the contract to build the world's longest cable stayed bridge, the 1,596m long Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong.
Balfour Beatty, teamed with Mitsui, Kajima and Lam; Cleveland Bridge with Dragages, Gammon Skanska and Ishikawijima-Harima; and Costain in a joint venture with China Harbour and the JFE Corporation all remained in the running when a deadline for bids was extended to the end of December last year.
But the HK$2.76bn (£201.5M) contract was awarded on Tuesday to the Sino-Japanese MaedaHitachi-Yokogawa-Hsin Chong joint venture.
The bridge, with its record breaking 1,018m main span, will connect the western New Territories with Stonecutters' Island when completed in 2008.
Detailed bridge design has been carried out by consultant Arup's Hong Kong office after a Halcrow/Flint & Neill joint venture won the original design competition (NCE 2 October 2003).
As well as having a worldrecord span the deck will also be one of the world's highest, with a minimum vertical clearance from sea level of 73.5m. The two towers will be 293m high.