Northern Spire Bridge, Sunderland, UK

The £118m Northern Spire or the New Wear Crossing Bridge as it was known during construction was commissioned by Sunderland City Council and contract was awarded to FVB Joint Venture of Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction in May 2015. It is phase two of a five-phase plan of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC).

This new road bridge is a two-span cable-stayed bridge with an A-frame central pylon height of 105m and a crossing width of 330m across the River Wear between Castletown on the northern bank to Pallion on the southern bank. The main central pylon height of 105m makes it the tallest structure in Sunderland.

McFadden Civils, as the Main Subcontractor, commenced works in July 2015 and these works were completed in September 2018.

Our works consisted of initial site clearance, earthworks, demolition works, piling activities, new roadway construction and associated landscaping.

The New Wear Crossing bridge will reduce congestion, improve journey times and it will also allow easy access to the local Metro services to thousands of residents and workers in the Castletown area.