Queensferry CrossingDid you know that BRE played a part in the construction of the new Queensferry Crossing that will carry the M90 motorway across the Firth of Forth between Fife and Edinburgh?


About the Queensferry Crossing

The £1.35billion project is the UK's tallest bridge, with over 24 million vehicles expected to travel across it every year.

More facts about the Queensferry Crossing:

  • Spanning 1.6 miles (2.7km), it’s the longest three-tower, cable bridge in the world
  • It’s the largest structural project in Scotland for a whole generation
  • Construction set many records, include the largest continuous underwater concrete pour
  • 23,000 miles of cabling, 35,000 tonnes of steel, 150,000 tonnes of concrete and 10 million man hours went into the project
  • The expected lifespan is at least 120 years
  • Construction began in 2011, opening to traffic on 30 August 2017
  • Remnants of a Mesolithic dwelling, dated to around 8300 BC, were found on the south bank of the Forth during construction (the oldest in Scotland)


How were BRE involved in the Queensferry Crossing project?

We were approached in 2012 to be involved in the construction of one of the world’s great bridges and provided essential compressed air equipment and vital expertise that would play an important role in the process of pulling together and connecting the sections of the bridge.

We manufactured three custom-built, secure containers that were located on each of the three towers of the bridge each fitted with lighting, ventilation and heating capability ensuring all the compressed air equipment was always available throughout the year. Each packaged container housed three Atlas Copco GA30VSD Variable-Speed Drive Air Compressors, fitted with integral filtration and drying equipment.

"We are delighted that we were chosen as a service provider and supplier for an integral part of this Internationally acclaimed project."

Bob Robertson M.D.

Each of the nine compressors was fitted with an Atlas Copco “SmartLink” Remote Monitoring system which allowed us to monitor all the equipment conditions over the Internet in real time along with the Integrated Atlas Copco IS6 compressor control system, ensuring optimum performance and production during the full construction of the bridge.

This compressed air was used to drive among other things, Chicago Pneumatic heavy-duty impact wrenches which we also supplied. The wrenches were then used to bolt the bridge sections together.


Not only are we proud to have been involved in powering the construction of the Queensferry Crossing, we really helped pull things together!



Photography of the Queensferry Crossing by KlausFoehl, Wikipedia

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