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Gull Wing BridgeSignificant progress is being made on the Gull Wing Bridge project in Lowestoft. After the largest section was successfully lifted into place and rotated to the open position, the project has now moved well into the testing and commissioning phase. The bridge is already operating multiple times a day to let vessels through.  

The £145 million project is being delivered by Suffolk County Council  and built by Farrans Construction. The last section of the bridge, the bascule span, arrived from Belgium on 4th March and was installed successfully on the 9th. Impressively, this is one of the world’s largest hydraulically lifted, rolling bascule bridges. Eadon is proud to have played a crucial role in the project by providing the lead bridge designers, Arup, with the exemplar design for the operating equipment. Eadon’s involvement has continued through the provision of assistance to Suffolk County Council during the construction stage. Recently we visited the site to do a visual inspection of the bridge and more specifically, operating equipment, prior to the lifting deck being installed into position. 

Following a process similar to the Te Matau a Pohe in New Zealand, another rolling bascule bridge we contributed to, the iconic Gull Wing will serve as the town’s third water crossing over Lake Lothing. It’s anticipated that it will alleviate traffic congestion, regenerate the area and attract new investment for the local economy.