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Erne River Bridge cemented as the best

Category: General / 15 April 2014

Ferrovial Agroman UK and Ireland have won the Infrastructure and Overall Award of the 32nd Irish Concrete Society Prize.

Ferrovial Agroman UK and Ireland have won the Infrastructure and Overall Award of the 32nd Irish Concrete Society Prize.

The Irish Concrete Society Awards are one of the most prestigious honours in the Construction Sector covering 4 different categories; infrastructure, building, sustainability and elemental.

Ferrovial Agroman received the Infrastructure award and the overall Winner Award for the River Erne Bridge, beating 22 other projects.

On judging the awards, the jury noted: “This is an exceptional bridge design, beautifully executed with cutting edge engineering design concepts. With its slender concrete deck and double curved concrete soffit, the bridge effortlessly spans the main body of the river. The quality of detailing throughout and the finish on the double curved concrete soffit in particular is hugely impressive.“

The 142m cable stayed extradosed bridge is also the first of its type built in the country, combining the efficiencies generated in traditional prestressed concrete and the use of shallow angled extrados cables.

Ferrovial Agroman Ireland Director Enrique Nieto said:

“This is a tremendous achievement and justifies the dedication and hard work we have put into this project since April 2011. Ferrovial Agroman prides itself on continually challenging best practice and delivering the most sustainable outcomes for our client. This bridge and its successful construction are the perfect example of this goal and what we aim for on all of our projects in Ireland and in the UK."

Ferrovial Agroman N3 Project Manager Alfredo Sobrino said:

“The Irish Concrete Society award cements Ferrovial Agroman as one of the most innovative and sustainable construction companies in the country. One of the largest challenges in the construction process was ensuring that the surrounding area and the River wasn’t impacted during the complex construction of the bridge. The 120km Erne River winds its way through several interconnect loughs nestling among the Drumlin hills of Co Cavan and south Fermanagh and is also a world famous salmon and general fishing area for the local population. We therefore worked in close collaboration with various stakeholders and environmental agencies to have minimal impact on the eco system.”

  • During the peak period, the Erne River Bridge had a workforce of 60 people out of the total of 150 engaged on the rest of the N3 project.
  • The Bridge was open to the traffic on the 2nd August 2013.
  • The river Erne Bridge, Co. Cavan Chosen from a total of 4 category entries and 23 entries for overall award.
  • Project Client: Cavan County Council / NRA
  • Project Engineer: Roughan & O’Donovan / Ferrovial Agroman Madrid, RPS Consulting Engineers
  • Project Contractor: Ferrovial Agroman 
  • Major Suppliers: Quinn Building Products / Tecpresa

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