500 tonne jacket barges down the Cart

A 23 m tall, 500 tonne wind turbine jacket passed beneath the drawbridge style Bascule Bridge. The 60 m barge carrying the component had to temporarily stop before the bridge so that it could be accurately lined up before passing under it.

Renfrewshire Council’s vision in restoring Inchinnan’s Bascule Bridge paid dividends today (Saturday 31 August) when it rose up its full 30m height to allow a 500 tonne, wind turbine jacket out into the open sea at the start of its voyage to Methil in Fife.

The 23 metre tall jacket forms the foundation for what will be the world’s largest wind turbine, which in turn forms the heart of Samsung Heavy Industries’ Wind Turbine Demonstrator. The jacket is being transported down the cart on a 60 metre long barge.

The wind turbine jacket was built by Renfrew based, Steel Engineering Ltd. Peter Breslin, Director of Steel Engineering Ltd, said, “We operate in a highly competitive market and we have worked extremely hard to secure the ground breaking contract to manufacture this prototype.

“It is a huge honour that a global giant like Samsung recognises our talent and has faith in our ability to manufacture and deliver. But that ability to deliver depends on the Cart and the ability of the Bascule Bridge to open. Without the Cart and the bridge we would have no way of moving components of this scale.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said, “Creating and maintain jobs is a key goal for Renfrewshire Council. We are the Harbour Authority for the Cart and we actively support the use of the river for transporting heavy goods. The strengthening and refurbishment of the historic Bascule Bridge in 2005 has ensured that the Cart is available as a working economic asset.

“Steel Engineering Ltd is at the forefront of the expanding renewable sector. It is very gratifying that our role in maintaining the vital infrastructure that Steel Engineering Ltd relies on is allowing the company to deliver the goods to global firms such as Samsung.”

Steel Engineering Ltd is one of more than 300 companies signed up to Invest, Renfrewshire Council’s £8m programme to boost the local economy.

The Bascule Bridge is a listed building and was built in 1923. It is just one of 17 drawbridge style structures left in Britain and shares its counter-weight operation with Tower Bridge in London.

Renfrewshire Council invested some £1.4million in rebuilding the bridge as part its commitment to keeping the River Cart open to commercial traffic. In a quirk of fate Steel Engineering Ltd carried out much of the refurbishment work on the Bascule Bridge.

All photographs taken for by Alex Kyle. You can find more photos from Alex by clicking here.

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Linwood Toll Roundabout resurfacing

Renfrewshire Council’s massive £5.7million roadworks programme rolls out to Linwood on the weekends of 20/21 July and 27/28 July.

The Linwood Toll Roundabout, where the B789 Elderslie road and the A761 Ferguslie and Linwood Road meet, is being resurfaced in two stages.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said, “We are carrying out some major road works in Renfrew, Linwood and Paisley over the summer.  Our aim is to complete several challenging road projects quickly and efficiently and with the minimum of disruption to drivers and businesses.

“We recognise that the condition of our roads is one of the most important issues for our community.

“That’s why this year we are spending more money than ever before on resurfacing and road repairs.

“There are going to be some long diversions in place but we are doing our best to keep people informed about them and warning drivers well in advance that they may face more congestion and some delays.”

During the resurfacing of the Linwood Toll roundabout, temporary lights will be in place to keep traffic flowing between the A761 Ferguslie and B789 Elderslie Road.

Access to and from Linwood Road will be subject to the following diversions:

  • From A761 Ferguslie heading north to Phoenix Retail Park: B789 Elderslie Main Road, via Johnstone, A737, Linwood Road
  • From Linwood Road heading south to A761 Ferguslie: Barskiven Road, Ferguslie Park Avenue, Blackstoun Road, McKenzie Street, Well Street, B7050, A761

A secondary diversion will also be in place to cater for HGV’s to avoid the low bridge on B789 Elderslie Main Road.

Information from Renfrewshire Council