Work is really flying along now in Pier Road as the Environment Agency’s Contractor VolkerStevin makes steady progress.
Pictured above is how Pier Road junction with Arun Parade is now looking – the crane has moved South along Pier Road and you can just see the tops of the recently installed piles rising above the height of the road. Don’t forget to click on the pictures to expand them to give a better view.
This was the scene only a couple of weeks ago when VolkerStevin were building the shingle ramp to enable the crane to access the especially created crane bridge.
The 130 tonne Crane is now pretty much of out sight of the junction with South Terrace. Eric Smethurst, VolkerStevin’s Public Liaison Manager tells me that they’re still on target to complete the piling in Pier Road sometime in May, which is good news.
This is the scene now in Pier Road – a hive of activity and it’s fascinating to watch the piling up close. We’re getting lots of visitors to Pier Road who are interested in the engineering side of things. Do remember if you’re coming to see the works, search out Eric Smethurst in the visitor centre just by the Oyster Pond. Eric’s visitor centre is full of interesting drawings and facts about the project.
This is what the area beneath the piling looks like close-up. You can see that the contractors are backfilling the area behind the recently installed piles with shingle. This is as I understand it, to ensure that the piles are kept in place to allow the crane bridge sit on them as it drives along Pier Road.
Quite a sight – the crane sitting high above Pier Road on its platform as it drives the next batch of piles in.
Photographs can be a bit misleading when it comes to the sheer size of the crane and its specially created ‘crane bridge or platform’. Click on the above picture and you get a sense of just how big it is. This bridge sits with one half on Pier Road and the other half sits (quite amazingly) on the piles they’ve just installed.
Above is a picture of the piling gate being made ready for the next batch of piles. Once each batch of piles are successfully driven into the river bed, the gate has to be reassembled and then rebuilt to take the next batch. Easy to see why this isn’t a quick process and more importantly, why there can be no reliable completion date as there are so many factors which will determine its progress.
If you missed the video of the crane mounting the bridge, I’ve now managed to get it uploaded to the site and it features below.
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