Gull Wing Bridge Grouting
Ben Hallett
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The Gull Wing is an iconic and important bridge in Lowestoft, being delivered by Suffolk County Council and built by Farrans Construction. Once complete, the bridge will provide a much-needed third crossing over the town’s Lake Lothing. The Gull Wing bridge will also deliver much needed infrastructure for the area, forming part of a regeneration plan that will improve traffic congestion in the area and attract new investment for the local economy.

The bridge is claimed to be the largest rolling bascule bridge in the world, lifted using hydraulic cylinders. The bridge is planned to be completed and open to traffic in early 2024.

CRL were awarded the challenging task of grouting the steel plates that secure the hinge mechanism that allows the centre span to open and close.

The work involves the grouting of two HUGE 16 metre x 1.4 metre steel plates that are located at the Northern end of the Southern Bridge section. It is from this point that the central deck section will open, hinging at this point. As can be imagined, our work is therefore critical to the operation of the structure.

The works are currently in progress, due for completion in January.