Cleveland Bridge UK has achieved significant growth in its on-site activity during the first six months of the year despite the global pandemic.
The Darlington-based structural steel specialist has seen a 40% increase in activity during the first half of the year compared to the last six months of 2019, as it successfully continued to deliver projects during the lockdown period.
Since January, the company has completed steelworks for some major projects, starting the year with the fabrication of an iconic heritage railway bridge, which was successfully installed in the heart of the North Yorkshire National Park forming part of the famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
During the lockdown period Cleveland Bridge successfully installed the last of four bridges as part of the £79m A13 project, which involved widening the road between Orsett and Stanford-le-Hope, as well as the completion of its work on the Carrington Bridge project, a new road bridge over the River Severn in Worcester.
More recently the company fabricated and installed a major new bridge for the Congleton Link Road project. The 90-metre-long two-span bridge was required to carry the road over the River Dane.
Comprising six lines of steel girders, forming three braced pairs, the entire steel structure weighed 514 tonnes. All steel components were fabricated from weathering grade steel, which requires no painting or treatment throughout its life.
The increase comes after Cleveland Bridge UK acted quickly to implement new ways of working as a result of the pandemic, including the lockdown period, to enable the continued fabrication and seamless delivery of completed structures to various sites throughout England.
Managing director Chris Droogan said: “The significant rise in productivity this year is a fantastic achievement, and demonstrates our ability to quickly adapt to the challenges presented by the change to operations and regulations, due to the Covid pandemic.
These challenges have been met head-on, with professionalism and dedication, ensuring the health and safety of our staff is always our number one priority and delivered with minimum disruption to activity on site.
“We are passionate about delivering exceptional quality, and the increase in activity is a positive endorsement of our skills and capabilities, which form part of the growth strategy for the future.”