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VolkerFitzpatrick wins Northampton bridges and demolition work

VolkerFitzpatrick is to carry out a range of infrastructure duties at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus – including building two bridges.

The contractor will start on site this month on the project to regenerate the brownfield area across the River Nene from Midsummer Meadow.

Work will include construction of a vehicle crossing spanning 46.5m and a pedestrian bridge that will link the campus with the town.

A power station façade, which has been derelict for 40 years, will be demolished.

The road bridge structure will be lifted into place over the river by two 1,000t cranes before its deck is installed.

The footbridge, which follows a distinctive curved design, will be lifted into place by two 500t cranes.  

VolkerFitzpatrick contracts manager Peter Van Arkadie said: “We are pleased to be working with the University of Northampton to deliver the infrastructure and utilities improvements that will help the university grow and improve the facilities available for students.

“These works require extensive co-ordination, especially around the construction of the bridges. Our teams have a proven track record in delivering this type of work to minimise disruption to the public and the environment.”  

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