ISL told ScaffMag that they impressed the New Wear Crossing project team with the quality of tube and fitting scaffolds erected for welding of the bridge deck, ISL were invited to tender for the main scaffold package for installation of the A frame pylon and cables.
Preliminary scaffold designs were submitted with the tender, giving the project team a visual representation of what would be erected to ensure that the scaffolds would meet their access requirements. Following a period of value engineering in relation to programming of scaffold quantities and hire periods, Victor Buyck awarded the contract to ISL in late 2016.
The primary scaffolds to be erected on the bridge pylon were formed of cantilevered beams attached to the pylon steelwork using custom manufactured shear tie fixings. Secondary hung access scaffolds counterbalanced by tube kentledge were required at bridge deck level.