Bridge installed for Port of Sheerness upgrade
Forming part of Peel Ports’ master plan for its Port of Sheerness, a project which includes a 20-year strategy for growth, Nusteel Structures has fabricated and supplied a new vehicular bridge.
The bridge connects the port with the former Thamesteel site, which is being transformed into flexible storage and purpose-built logistics facilities, including 23-acres of car storage for the port’s automotive clients.
Working on behalf of main contractor John Sisk & Son, Nusteel Structures fabricated four beams for the bridge. Each beam was 40m-long x 3.6m-deep and weighed 38t.
The beams were transported to site by Nusteel’s own transport department using extendable trailers. Once on-site, the four beams were assembled into braced pairs before being lifted into position by a 1,000t-capacity crane.
The ongoing work will strengthen the north Kent port’s position as a leading terminal for bulk timbers, automotive and other sectors.
Peel Ports’ master plan at Sheerness will create up to 1,000 jobs, in addition to the 1,640 jobs the port already supports. Once completed, Peel Ports expects to have invested an estimated £50M in the region.