According to a report issued by UKTI, Cleveland Bridge has secured a major bridge contract in the Philippines.
“Philippine Government approves Cleveland Bridge £120 million bridge project after extensive negotiations.. A strong signal that the Philippines’ public-private partnership (PPP) programme in infrastructure will proceed and that UK companies can compete and win.
After extensive negotiations the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Aquino, recently approved a £120 Million contract for Darlington-based Cleveland Bridge UK to provide new and replacement road bridges in the Philippines.
This was part of a £1 billion package of infrastructure and PPP projects for metro rail extensions, national roads and regional airports, the Manila flood-control master plan as well as the calamity-damaged bridge projects.
The deal continues the tradition of UK bridge building expertise in the Philippines, with more than 1,000 having been supplied over the past decade, many through DFID funding under the former President’s Bridge Program. In addition to the dogged persistence by the British company over several years another key factor was support from ECGD and the financing arranged through Deutsche Bank in the UK.
Inadequate infrastructure has been a major development constraint for the Philippines. Infrastructure development has not kept pace with population growth and urbanization. From a peak of 6% of GDP in 1998, infrastructure investments have declined to around 2% of GDP.
The Aquino administration has said it will prioritise infrastructure investments through PPPs. While the speed of implementation has been relatively slow to date this week’s decision to approve projects signals a determination to move forward.”
Cleveland has remained at the forefront of bridge building technology for more than a century. Three of the world’s seven longest suspension bridges have been fabricated, engineered and constructed by our engineers, a record of innovative engineering.
Cleveland Bridge has been associated with retrofit work on many historic bridges including the Menai Straits Suspension Bridge and Tower Bridge in London. Such projects range from minor works to major long duration contracts, but every one presents risks for the client and requires a competent and experienced bridge contractor.
Cleveland has a long history of successful projects in the high-rise commercial building market. From projects such as Canary Wharf Office Towers in London (Cleveland were involved in building seven of them including the tallest office building in the UK), the Natwest Building in London, and the most challenging projects – such as the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Building, one of the world’s great architectural structures.
Cleveland has a business strategy which is dedicated to the supply and erection of quality steelwork for medium to large scale commercial building projects including retail and car parking structures, office towers, warehouses and factories.
The long history of the Cleveland Group in bridge engineering, which includes the world-wide experience of Redpath Dorman Long and the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company, has led to considerable expertise in Mechanical, Hydraulic, Electrical, Structural and Civil disciplines.
This expertise extends to dynamic structures where there is a requirement to move, such as flood opening gates, container and overhead gantries, opening bridges such as bascule, swinging and lift span and heavy transportation platforms.
A strong in-house design resource brings together the skills necessary to provide multi-disciplined turnkey solutions. Cleveland also undertake refurbishment and supply of all configurations of structures, either with dynamic or static characteristics.