Local firm completes Crossing project

Brimmond Group team members with one of the marine cranes
Brimmond Group team members with one of the marine cranes

A Kintore-based integrated engineering solutions firm is celebrating its part in the completion of the new Queensferry Crossing.

Brimmond Group recently completed a contract which saw them supply equipment to aid in the construction of the new billion pound bridge.

The company, which specialises in hydraulic, mechanical and electrical engineering solutions, took on the 12-month project which saw the supply of three Effer compact marine/offshore cranes with bespoke hydraulic power units (HPUs) commissioned for the top of each of the bridge’s three 220m high towers.

The project also saw a requirement for the supply of onsite installation, testing, training, service and decommissioning engineers.

Technical Director, Alan Glennie, said: “This contract was an incredible project from start to finish.

“Our teams of experienced engineers were working hard to ensure each aspect of the project was delivered to our high standards and on time.”

The cranes themselves were customised in-house by the company’s team of experts in their Kintore-based workshop.

This included the installation of load and wind monitoring devices and aircraft warning light systems, which were required due to the height of the towers and the close proximity of the bridge to Edinburgh International Airport.

The cranes were placed on each tower and had a 15m outreach, which was primarily used to handle equipment, materials, scaffolding – and to support the installation of the cable strands on each of the tower pylons.

Throughout the project there were many challenges including, time constraints, working at height in a confined space, limited tooling and the requirement of bespoke equipment designed to be dismantled into sections, to ensure a safe removal for the helicopter team.

For nine months, and right up to the last week of construction, the cranes were operational.

Now that the bridge is opened, Brimmond Group will repair, refurbish and test all the equipment before it is made available for further rental projects or purchase.

Alan added: “This project has involved our entire team from initial enquiry negotiations and design work - through to installing, training and decommission of the equipment.

“The assignment showcases our internal and integrated skill sets, and has given us a fantastic opportunity while successfully completing a project of this stature.”