The One Show features the New Wear Crossing
Earlier this week, BuroHappold’s Tim Sullivan was interviewed as part of a BBC The One Show piece about the New Wear Crossing in Sunderland, which is nearing completion.
Credit: BBC One – The One Show
Tim met The One Show presenter – and self confessed ‘bridge geek’ – Marty Jopson on-site to talk about the project. The programme highlighted the positive change that the bridge will bring to Sunderland, helping with the planned regeneration of that part of the city, and looked in some detail at how the bridge has been designed and constructed.
Tim and Marty took to the river to talk about the massive 105m pylon – taller than Big Ben. Footage showed how the pylon, made off-site and brought by barge to Sunderland, had been winched into place over two days.
Bridges are so much more than a road across a river. They allow you to join communities together.
Tim also took Marty 40m up in the air by suspended platform to watch the cables being fitted to the bridge, ready to transfer the weight of the bridge to the pylon and down into the ground in the middle of the river. Each cable, a sheath containing between 45 and 77 individual strands of steel, is incredibly strong – in fact, Marty explained that one complete cable would be strong enough to lift the International Space Station!
The programme emphasised the significance of a bridge like this, joining communities together rather than being simply a road across a river. Creating this link between the two sides of the river in Sunderland is going to enable the regeneration of the currently derelict south side of the river, where there are plans for a whole new community of houses and shops to replace the abandoned dockyards.