VolkerFitzpatrick wins £59m contract to upgrade Tame Valley Viaduct

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VolkerFitzpatrick has won a £59m contract from Birmingham City Council to provide reinforcement and refurbishment works to the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct, which currently carries around 80,000 vehicles a day and links the M6 ​​to the center- town.

Built in the early 1970s, the 620m long composite viaduct, which forms the northern end of the A38(M) Aston motorway near ‘Spaghetti Junction’, has begun to show signs of deterioration.

Leveling is essential to maintain the longevity, safety and functionality of the structure.

Work will begin this month to reinforce and renovate the viaduct, which is 25m wide and has seven traffic lanes in 22 spans.

The viaduct superstructure will be reinforced by the addition of steel plates, secured in position using a combination of welding and bolting. In addition to reinforcement, anti-corrosion paint will be applied to the structure, alongside other renovation works to help preserve the longevity of the viaduct and minimize the need for future work.

Deon Scholtz, Operations Manager of VolkerFitzpatrick’s Infrastructure Division, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Birmingham City Council to carry out much needed work to upgrade and improve the Tame Valley Viaduct.

“This is a vital part of Birmingham’s road network, and we look forward to working with the council to deliver an integrated solution that achieves high levels of technical capability and service, leading to the safe and successful completion of the project.”

Liz Clements, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Councillor, added: “This is a significant investment in a key part of our city’s road infrastructure. If we are to ensure that people can get around the city as easily as possible and help businesses thrive, it’s vital that we do projects like this.”

The viaduct will remain open during the works, in order to minimize disruptions. To do this, VolkerFitzpatrick will use high-level access platforms stretching from platform to platform. As the structure spans important infrastructure including electrified railway lines, the River Tame, major roads and local businesses, VolkerFitzpatrick will take steps to maximize safety at the site, engage with the local community and minimize any environmental impact of the works.

The company will also provide employment opportunities throughout the program and organize several recruitment days in partnership with local groups. In addition to working with supply chain entrepreneurs in the surrounding area, it will collaborate with local high schools, colleges and youth charities and provide a minimum of seven apprenticeship placements.

VolkerFitzpatrick will also work with a number of homeless charities, organize sponsorship events and support green landscape initiatives promoted by local groups over the four and a half years of the project.

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