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News in Brief – March 2015

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The final part of Swindon’s steel framed £16.6M Regent Circus scheme – a six-screen Cineworld – has opened completing the town centre project. Anchored by a 4,600m² Morrisons store, which opened last October, the Regent Circus development occupies a former college campus site and also includes eight smaller retail outlets and a 450 space three level car park. Steelwork for the project was erected by Hambleton Steel.

Plans have been revealed for the super-strength cladding that will adorn London’s proposed Garden Bridge giving it a maintenance-free 120-year life. The £175M steel bridge has been described as a floating garden and will create a new connection across the River Thames between Temple and the South Bank. The steel superstructure will be surrounded in a copper-nickel alloy coating from its feet on the riverbed up to the base of the balustrades on the bridge deck.

Cleveland Bridge has installed a 35m-long steel box girder bridge deck at Pudding Mill Lane in east London, during a 51-hour rail possession, as part of the wider multi-million pound Crossrail scheme. The bridge will carry three rail lines (two Crossrail tracks and one Network Rail line) over the Northern Outfall, which is one of London’s largest sewers and topped by a public footpath known as the Greenway.

Installation of the first of 14 new floodlight towers at the former Olympic Stadium in east London has begun. Each floodlight tower measures 18m in length, weighs 45t and will take up to 12 hours to be lifted into place. William Hare is undertaking the structural steel package for the project which will be the new home of West Ham United from 2016.

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