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n1511blackpoolA series of Y-shaped columns have been installed to support the centrepiece structure at a 25-acre regeneration scheme in Blackpool known as the Talbot Gateway Central Business District,

The columns were fabricated and supplied by Cleveland Bridge, while the remainder of the steel frame of the five-storey, Number One Bickerstaffe Square office block was fabricated and erected by Leach Structural Steelwork.

Weighing in at eight tonnes, each column is made up of 45 individual pieces of steel plate and required the assistance of a 60-tonne crane to lift them into position.

“The sheer scale of the steel supports meant their delivery was classed as a ‘special load’ – something which requires a seven day notice period to the Police. Meticulous planning was required to ensure a smooth 120-mile journey from Darlington to Blackpool,” said Muse Developments Project Manager Andy Barton.

Working together with Blackpool Council, Muse Developments said it is playing a major part in transforming a neglected and under-utilised area of the town centre into a new commercial, retail and community space.

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