Cleveland Bridge lands £35m order from Sri Lanka

DEVELOPING WORLD: The type of crossing in Sri Lanka that Cleveland Bridge will be replacing

DEVELOPING WORLD: The type of crossing in Sri Lanka that Cleveland Bridge will be replacing

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A WORLD famous bridge building company has won a £35m contract that will help transform lives on a tropical island and secure the firm's future for years.

Cleveland Bridge in Darlington has signed a deal with the government of Sri Lanka to make up to 210 bridges for jungle and rural areas across the country.

The ambitious three year project will help isolated communities access better education, healthcare and jobs by replacing flimsy rope bridges, which are often washed away in the rainy season, with permanent modern structures made of steel and concrete.

Bosses at Cleveland Bridge are delighted to have finally tied up the order which hit funding problems after it was agreed in September 2011. Support from the Government's Export Credit Guarantee Department helped to seal the deal that continues the Darlington firm's 136-year history of making bridges all over the globe.

Cleveland Bridge was involved in the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in Australia, and Victoria Falls Bridge, which spans the River Zambesi in southern Africa, as well as bridges that cross the Tees and the Tyne.

In 1911 the firm designed the iconic Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

The latest contract, which follows a recent contract to build the new Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, is expected to secure the future of Cleveland Bridge's 260 workers for the next three years.

In July, the first shipments of steel sections designed and built at the firm's Yarm Road factory will be shipped to the country nicknamed the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The 3,500 tonnes of steel are being provided by Tata in Teesside and Scunthorpe.

A team of experts from Cleveland Bridge will fly to Sri Lanka this summer to assist local engineers.

Monthly deliveries will continue for about a year, with on-site bridge erection due to be completed in 2016.

Andy Hall, Cleveland Bridge’s general manager, said: "We are very happy to be able to offer our experience, technical expertise and high quality product to help link rural communities in Sri Lanka with the rest of the country."

The Sri Lankan economy, famed for its exports of tea and textiles, showed a healthy growth rate of 6.4 per cent last year, but there are huge inequalities between people in affluent cities such as Colombo with those in hard-to-reach rural villages. The Darlington firm will help to bridge the income gap.

British High Commissioner, John Rankin, praised Cleveland Bridge and said the deal was “a great example of collaboration across the Commonwealth and will ultimately help increase mobility for Sri Lanka's rural population and enable them to enhance their standard of living."

SINCE being founded in Darlington in 1837 Cleveland Bridge has built some of the world's most iconic structures.

Its role in the design and construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Victoria Falls Railway Bridge earned it worldwide acclaim.

It has worked on everything from the Thames Barrier and Hong Kong's Tsing Ma suspension bridge to sports grounds such as Twickenham and the new Wembley Stadium.

Examples of its work in the North-East include the Infinity and Surtees bridges in Stockton, the Tyne Metro Bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead and the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

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8:39am Mon 20 May 13

Ally F says...

Good news for Cleveland Bridge. Hopefully their commercial team have got the sums right and read the small print on this contract - CB&E don't want another contract in legal dispute.
Good news for Cleveland Bridge. Hopefully their commercial team have got the sums right and read the small print on this contract - CB&E don't want another contract in legal dispute. Ally F
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1:32pm Mon 20 May 13

Darlo Mother says...

Excellent news!
Excellent news! Darlo Mother
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2:18pm Mon 20 May 13

TFI Friday says...

Great News well done!
Great News well done! TFI Friday
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10:43pm Mon 20 May 13

sutharshan says...

It is worrying that the company is willing to work for a government that has been accused of some of the worst human rights abuses of the 21st century, and continues to systematically violate them with impunity.

Corporate Social Responsibility?

http://www.hrw.org/n
ews/2013/05/20/sri-l
anka-no-progress-4-y
ears
It is worrying that the company is willing to work for a government that has been accused of some of the worst human rights abuses of the 21st century, and continues to systematically violate them with impunity. Corporate Social Responsibility? http://www.hrw.org/n ews/2013/05/20/sri-l anka-no-progress-4-y ears sutharshan
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11:07pm Mon 20 May 13

Danuna says...

sutharshan wrote:
It is worrying that the company is willing to work for a government that has been accused of some of the worst human rights abuses of the 21st century, and continues to systematically violate them with impunity.

Corporate Social Responsibility?

http://www.hrw.org/n

ews/2013/05/20/sri-l

anka-no-progress-4-y

ears
HRW and you must be living in a different world. HRW is generally not happy when wars end. Their hate word is Peace. This contract when ended in 2016 will prove what a pathetic bunch of liars and losers the so called HR guys are! Well done to Cleaveland Bridge!
[quote][p][bold]sutharshan[/bold] wrote: It is worrying that the company is willing to work for a government that has been accused of some of the worst human rights abuses of the 21st century, and continues to systematically violate them with impunity. Corporate Social Responsibility? http://www.hrw.org/n ews/2013/05/20/sri-l anka-no-progress-4-y ears[/p][/quote]HRW and you must be living in a different world. HRW is generally not happy when wars end. Their hate word is Peace. This contract when ended in 2016 will prove what a pathetic bunch of liars and losers the so called HR guys are! Well done to Cleaveland Bridge! Danuna
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7:11am Tue 21 May 13

harshaj says...

Sutharshan....
I am sure Mr. Sutharshan is in stable mind.It is better to read the article before making comments.There is no relevance in so called right violation ,which never happened and building bridges.Congradulati
ons cleaveland bridge.....
Sutharshan.... I am sure Mr. Sutharshan is in stable mind.It is better to read the article before making comments.There is no relevance in so called right violation ,which never happened and building bridges.Congradulati ons cleaveland bridge..... harshaj
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8:32pm Tue 21 May 13

sutharshan says...

Other than HRW ,several other iNGO's have voiced the same concerns, including the ICG and Amnesty. A recent United Nations High Commissioner's report purported serious concern about the prevalent impunity in Sri Lanka.

The rights violation and continued oppression in Sri Lanka are undeniable.

It is fair to say the building bridges has nothing to do with rights violations, but offering such services to a regime that stands accused of such grave violations, and continues the well documented oppression of ethnic communities will cast doubt on the firms commitment to ethical dealings and CSR.
Other than HRW ,several other iNGO's have voiced the same concerns, including the ICG and Amnesty. A recent United Nations High Commissioner's report purported serious concern about the prevalent impunity in Sri Lanka. The rights violation and continued oppression in Sri Lanka are undeniable. It is fair to say the building bridges has nothing to do with rights violations, but offering such services to a regime that stands accused of such grave violations, and continues the well documented oppression of ethnic communities will cast doubt on the firms commitment to ethical dealings and CSR. sutharshan
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7:53am Wed 22 May 13

harshaj says...

Spreading hatred is not the point here.As human everyone shall support Sri Lanka to develop the country.Let the politics be politics.

All those Organisations are doing some kind of politics as well (HRW,iNGOs,Amnesty..
..you name it).Every report depends on the bargaining power possesses by an individual country.
Anybody can make fake documents.

Please spread loving kindness to all beings....
Spreading hatred is not the point here.As human everyone shall support Sri Lanka to develop the country.Let the politics be politics. All those Organisations are doing some kind of politics as well (HRW,iNGOs,Amnesty.. ..you name it).Every report depends on the bargaining power possesses by an individual country. Anybody can make fake documents. Please spread loving kindness to all beings.... harshaj
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