Humber Bridge to see 20 weeks of 'essential' safety work start - here's what you need to know

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Nov 2018

Essential work which will ensure the long-term safety of the Humber Bridge is to begin in December.

Hull-based engineering specialist Spencer Group will carry out the project, which involves the design and construction of a bespoke access platform, allowing engineers to inspect the bridge’s ‘hangers’ – the super-strength steel strands which suspend the bridge deck from the main cables.

Three hangers will be accessed and removed, one by one, using the custom-built platform at heights of up to 65m above the estuary, and 15m above the Humber Bridge road surface.

New work on the bridge has been planned to keep disruption to a minimum, with much of the project expected to take place at night, with some lane closures during the off-peak daytime period as well.

The chief executive of the Humber Bridge Board said the work was “essential” for the long-term safety of the bridge.

The Humber Bridge. (Martin Brent Photography)

Dr Kevin Moore said: “This project is essential to the long-term health of the bridge and helps ensure the safety of our millions of users, whether they are in a car, on a bike, or on foot, taking in the spectacular views the structure affords.

“We have worked with Spencer Group on a number of occasions and they have always delivered a first-class engineering solution.

“We like working with companies like Spencer Group because of the level of innovation and engineering expertise they bring.”

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Spencer Group is renowned for its expertise in long-span bridge repair.

The current Humber Bridge project is expected to be completed within 15-20 weeks on site, with a further eight months of off-site planning and testing.

The Humber Bridge deck is suspended from the main bridge cables by super-strengthened hangers.

The three hangers that will be removed for inspection will be replaced by three new replacements, supplied, tested and installed by Spencer Group.

The Humber Bridge. (Martin Brent Photography)

Spencer Group managing director Gary Thornton said: “We’re delighted once again to work on an important project that will contribute to the long-term future of the Humber Bridge.

“Having successfully completed major bridge works all over the UK and in Europe, it’s particularly pleasing to bring our unique knowledge, experience and resources to deliver complex and challenging projects such as this to the Humber Bridge.

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“We can see the bridge from our riverside headquarters in Hull and it’s an iconic sight that, for so many East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire residents, symbolises ‘coming home’.

“As main contractors on this project, we are also pleased to be collaborating with our engineering and design colleagues at Atkins, who are providing technical advice to the client, the Humber Bridge Board.”

It’s not the first time that Spencer Group has worked on the Humber Bridge.

In 2015, a complex £4m Humber Bridge project delivered by the engineering company was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, part of the British Construction Industry Awards.

This project involved the replacement of load-bearing “A-frames” that connect the main bridge deck to the towers at either end.

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