Ramboll: Queensferry Crossing. Image courtesy of Transport Scotland
Three years after its official opening by Her Majesty the Queen, the Queensferry Crossing continues to impress, being recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineers.
In addition to its strategic role in the East Coast of Scotland’s road network, the bridge is an iconic feat of 21st century engineering. From the overlapping stay cable supports to the foundation designs, the team that delivered the bridge pushed the boundaries of innovation. This week they are recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering with its Major Project Award 2020.
Professor Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE, Chair of the Academy’s Awards Committee, says:
“Engineering underpins our daily lives, and these awards acknowledge and celebrate engineers and engineering achievements that are often hidden from public view. These engineers help to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges in fields spanning medical, civil, digital, and materials, and deserve to be celebrated for the work they do.”
Those named in the award are: Iain Murray, Managing Director BEAR Scotland, Jacobs; Peter Curran, Project Director, Ramboll; Mike Glover OBE FREng and Richard Hornby, Directors, Arup; and Lawrence Shackman, Head of Rail Projects, Transport Scotland.
Arup was selected by Transport Scotland as part of a joint venture with Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd, to develop the Queensferry Crossing specimen design, prepare the contract documentation and project-manage the bridge, while Ramboll led the construction design joint venture (DJV), which included Sweco and Leonhardt Andra and Partners. The DJV worked for main construction contractors Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), a consortium of Hochtief, Dragados, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction.
Ramboll’s Peter Curran commented on the award:
“It’s an honour to be recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineers for this project. As a team, we knew we were working on a remarkable piece of engineering that would secure the strategic road network across the Forth, but to know that the achievement continues to gain acknowledgement is a matter of great pride.”
The Queensferry Crossing sits within a beautiful bridge-scape representing three centuries of bridge innovation. It is the UK’s tallest bridge and the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge.
A pictorial history of the construction of the Queensferry Crossing, and in the period immediately after its opening.
Centre-stage of Queensferry Crossing's aesthetic and structural elegance, are the glistening white crossover stay cables covering a 160m length of the deck at mid-point along the two main spans. The steel used on Queensferry Crossing totals 37,000km, almost enough to circle the globe.
The overall width of the deck is 39.8m and is configured as a three-corridor arrangement with the towers and stay-cables located in the central zone between the two carriageways.