14th February 2018
A stunning new video showcasing almost 3 years of construction work on Sunderland's new cable-stay bridge has been released, a week ahead of a royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The video has been released as the construction team confirm the new bridge is on track to open on time and within budget later this Spring.
In a 3 minute synopsis of the £117m project, the video tells the story of the Northern Spire using a mix of timelapse footage, drone shots and interviews with people involved in the project.
The new bridge will get a royal boost next week as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the construction site on Wednesday, 21 February.
William and Kate will be introduced to some of the workers involved in the project during its three-year construction, before being the first to officially cross the landmark bridge.
On Farrans' flagship infrastructure project, about 900,000 man-hours have been clocked to date, with some 2,000 workers involved.
Stephen McCaffrey, Project Director for the Farrans Victor Buyck Joint Venture (FVB), which is delivering the project on behalf of Sunderland City Council, said that it was "an exciting and very busy time for everyone involved with Northern Spire".
“We have a lot of work to do over the coming weeks and the key thing for us is that a lot of that work is weather dependent," Stephen said.
"We need dry weather to finish off activities such as the final road surfacing. This means that while we’re confident of opening later in the spring, it’s too early to set a definite date.”
You can view the video online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt-LXJt5h6Q&feature=youtu.be