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Rendel’s £2bn bridge challenge

Padma bridge

Project consultant Rendel has been appointed to work on Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge, dubbed the most challenging construction project in the country’s history.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project (PMBP) will cost £2bn and comprise of a 6.15km two-level, steel truss bridge with a four-lane highway on the upper level and provisions for a single track railway on the lower level. It will be 22m wide at upper deck level.

Rendel will provide management support consultancy in association with Bangladesh-based BCL Associates, Padeco and Katahira & Engineers International. The work will include contractual and commercial advice, engineering and technical support. Located 40km south of Dhaka, the government-funded bridge will connect the south west of the country.

In terms of construction, the upper and lower levels will act compositely with a reinforced concrete deck slab. It will provide rail and road links, as well as utilities including telecommunications and a high pressure gas pipe. Around the bridge the associated infrastructure will include two toll areas, a 13.6km four-lane approach road, culverts, small bridges, under passes and service roads. There will also be river bank protection.

Rendel’s proposal director Keith Taylor said: “This project is of major significance for Rendel and our partners which recognises the depth of experience and knowledge we have gained on major bridge and infrastructure projects globally and specifically within Bangladesh.”

The company previously worked on the Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh.

Rendel’s contract runs until December 2019.

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