Northern Spire Bridge

Completed in 2018

The bridge across the River Wear is suspended on a single 105 m tall pylon. The deck of three spans of lengths 40 + 148 + 148 m is formed by two plate girders, floor beams and precast concrete deck slab. The bridge was built as a Design-Build Project by a construction joint venture of firms Farrans Construction, Northern Ireland and Victor Buyck Steel Construction, Belgium. The bridge was designed by a joint venture of firms BuroHappold Engineering, UK and Roughan O’Donovan, Republic of Ireland supported by Strasky Husty and Partners, Czech Republic and Explorations Architecture, France. The client was Sunderland City Council.

Structure length

340.0 m


Highway A1231, Sunderland, UK

Span length

40.0 – 148.0 m

Structure type

Cable-stayed bridge.

Width of the superstructure

24.40 m

Scope of work

Alternative design, detailed design.


GPS: 54.9167432N, 1.4243687W
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Institution of Civil Engineers - Robert Stephenson Special Project Award

Association for Project Management - Project of the Year, Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (NE) - Project of the Year

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (UK) - Major Projects Award, Commended

Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2018 - Geoscience Ireland Award