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Award winning linkspan bridges made at Barnshaws

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One of the oldest Ferry Terminals in Seacombe has been refurbished as part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority investment. In this nearly 130-year-old Grade II Listed Building, two new 50 meters linkspan bridges have been installed retaining the original Victorian structure where possible, thus preserving the important cultural asset of the region.

Adey Steel Group has appointed the Barnshaws Group to perform bending of all curved parts for this project. Our work involved forty-four square hollow sections bent on our state-of-the-art CNC mandrel bender to reduce any geometrical deformation such as ovalisation. Moreover, thanks to this method all bends have been produced to the highest quality.

Greg North, Commercial Director at Barnshaws, expands: “Our full automatic mandrel bending machine enables fast, accurate bending with high repeatability for either simple projects, as well as complex designs with the tightest radii. Undoubtedly, the shortening of the bending time is also an advantage compared to our conventional methods. We always apply the most suited bending process to our client requirements in order to provide the highest quality service.”

This whole project, which took place while working around the challenges of the tidal river, including active shipping lanes, was recognized by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North West Awards and won the Medium Project Award. In addition, due to its positive impact on the local community, the renovation of the Seacombe ferry terminal was nominated for the ICE People's Choice Award 2022.

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