Forth Rail Bridge

Scotland, UK

Project Details


Scotland, UK


Bridges & Tunnels

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Alimak construction products at work on Unesco world heritage site

Alimak supplied a construction hoist and transport platform during repair work to the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, with an additional construction hoist installed permanently.

The Forth Rail Bridge, which is the sixth World heritage site in Scotland, opened in 1890 and was the world’s first major steel structure. With a double railway track allowing passenger trains to travel from North Queensferry to Dalmeny, it’s overall length is 2,467 metres and at its highest point stands at 110 metres.

Alimak construction hoists have been successfully used on the Forth Rail Bridge for the last 25 years, including the major recoating work in 2012. This meant the client was already aware of the benefits of using Alimak products, so when they were looking for a reliable supplier, Alimak was the first choice.

During the repair works, an Alimak Scando 650 construction hoist and an Alimak TPL 1000 transport platform were installed on the bridge’s granite columns. These provided vertical access for personnel and materials during the works.

An additional Scando 650 construction hoist has been installed permanently. This provides access for regular maintenance.

As the Forth Rail Bridge is a listed structure, the mast tie fixings had to be carefully selected so as not to cause damage to the granite columns. To do this, Alimak used specially selected chemical anchors.

The permanently installed Scando 650 construction hoist is required to sit at a 9-degree incline, to follow the angle of the bridge. This created several challenges for Alimak’s engineers to overcome: the starting point of the slab position had to be changed to allow the hoist to be installed safely, a difference cable trolley system needed to be designed, a bespoke hoist surround was created and a second floor was created in the hoist cage to ensure the floor remains level.

Examples of other bridge projects that have used Alimak products include:

  • Viaduc de Millau, France
  • Chung Sin, Taiwan
  • Pont de Normandie, France
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge, USA
  • Second Severn Crossing Bridge, UK
  • Honshu Shikoku Bridges, Japan
  • Tsing Ma/Ting Kau/Kap Shui Mun Bridges, Hong Kong
  • Great Belt Bridge, Denmark
  • Øresund Bridge, Sweden-Denmark
  • Megyeri Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

Location: Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland, UK
Applications: Bridge
Product category: Construction hoists
Hoist model: 2 x Alimak Scando 650 20/32
Capacity: 2,000 kg
Hoist car size: 1.50 m x 3.20 m x 2.30 m (WxLxH)
Lifting height: 38–110 m
No. of landings: 1–3

Location: Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland, UK
Applications: Bridge
Product category: Transport platforms
Platform model: Alimak TPL 1000
Capacity: 1,000 kg
Platform size: 1.40 m x 1.60 m (WxL)
Lifting height: 35 m
No. of landings: 1

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