Wellingborough’s Stanton Cross river bridge structure to be installed next week

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Work to install the beams for Stanton Cross’ river bridge will start next Thursday (May 25).

The river bridge beam installation will take three days and involves 12 beams, each weighing between 35.5 tonnes and 52 tonnes, being installed over the River Ise.

The beams will be assembled on site next week, and will be lifted into position using a 1,100 tonne crane.

There are only three of these cranes in the UK.

Paul Soutar, Bovis Homes’ divisional operations director, responsible for Stanton Cross, said: “We are looking forward to the river bridge beam structure being installed next week.

“The rail bridge structure was also fitted earlier this year and together, the two bridges form an integral part of the infrastructure at Stanton Cross.

“We are excited to take this significant step forward and move closer to providing the much needed link between Wellingborough and Stanton Cross.

“The scale of work completed so far at Stanton Cross, which includes the key milestones such as the new station forecourt and the two new bridges, is commendable and I would like to thank our on-site contractors for the progress at Stanton Cross.”

The foundations for the river bridge are 25 metres deep and the bridge itself will be 26 metres long.

It will be completed in November this year.

The rail bridge, located to the north of Wellingborough train station, and the river bridge is a key part of the first major infrastructure route for the scheme, Route 4.

This will run from Midland Road, across the railway and through the country park into the new development.

Both have been designed to complement the local architecture and landscape.

Stanton Cross is a major residential-led development set to deliver 3,650 homes, employment areas and shopping facilities for Wellingborough.

It will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s, including new homes, as well as shops, schools, commercial space, a town park, community centre and doctor’s surgery.

Major improvements to roads and public transport will also take place.

Stanton Cross will create around 300 jobs a year over the construction period, as well as more than 7,500 additional permanent jobs once the project is completed.