Queensferry Crossing presents Shepherd with its biggest ever prefab challenge

Tutor Perini wins $140m contract for Miami towersKier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopmentT&T lands contract for Canadian newspaper HQSkanska lands Glos lighting dealThales and Siemens win Spanish high-speed rail contract Shepherd Engineering Services has won a multi-million pound contract to deliver mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services for the £1.4bn Queensferry Crossing The two-year project will see Shepherd  Engineering Services deliver MEP systems for the approach sections of the new road bridge over the Firth of Forth as well as for the central cable stayed bridge, its three towers and its abutment buildings.

Due for completion by the end of 2016 and commissioned by Transport Scotland, the new Queensferry Crossing is set to be the world’s longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge.

The 2.7km bridge is being built by the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium, comprising Hochtief, Dragados, American Bridge and Morrison Construction under a £790m contract.

Shepherd Engineering Services said that installing and securing 120 prebuilt road deck sections across the Firth of Forth represented its largest ever prefabrication installation to date.

To save time and money, the fully-formed modules will be developed at a specially created off-site manufacturing hub in Rosyth. It is the first time that Shepherd’s PRISM pre-fabrication factory has ever designed and engineered modules away from its Yorkshire base.

Shepherd Engineering Services regional director Colin Walker said: “The development of our unique off-site Shepherd PRISM pre-fabrication facility illustrates our commitment to innovation and smart thinking. Not only will our team of experts be able to maximise efficiencies by creating the bridge modules off-site, we will significantly contribute to a reduction in the project’s logistical and on-site health and safety risks.”