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105m pylon centrepiece of New Wear Crossing arrives into the Port of Sunderland

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The impressive centrepiece to Sunderland’s new bridge arrived into the Port of Sunderland on Saturday, January 7th 2017.

Constructed from more than 1,000 tonnes of steel and 550 tonnes of concrete, the A-frame pylon was transported by barge across the North Sea from the Port of Ghent in Belgium.

In the coming weeks, it will travel up the River Wear to the site in Pallion, where it will be raised vertically into position.

Paul Watson of Sunderland City Council said:

‘Seeing the pylon here in Sunderland for the first time makes me personally feel very proud of all the work that has been put in by a lot of people to turn this project into a reality.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but I’d like to say thank you to everyone involved who has ensured that we have got this far – on time and within budget.’

The bridge, which is being built by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction, known as FVB Joint Venture, is expected to be completed by spring 2018.

Roughan & O’Donovan and Buro Happold Engineering are leading the design team in support of the FVB Joint Venture.

Footage of the pylon leaving the Victor Buyck fabrication yard in Belgium and making its way to the Port of Ghent, followed by preparations for its journey across the North Sea, is here.