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Excited to be playing our part in the North East’s biggest civil engineering project!

4 April 2018
Nixon Hire telehandler and dumper on Northern Spire construction site
Nixon Hire dumper and portable toilet on site at Sunderland's  Northern Spire construction site

Nixon Hire are delighted to have been able to supply a huge range of plant, tools and other construction equipment to the historic three year development of the new multi-million pound road bridge across the River Wear, due to be completed in Spring 2018!

Site equipment hired out so far includes excavators, telehandlers, dumpers, rollers, compressors, shipping containers, portable toilets and more, as and when it has been required to keep this vital project on track. The Nixon Hire sales department also sold several new Containex modular buildings to one of the companies involved who were looking to provide quality site accommodation facilities to those working on site.

Sunderland's new Northern Spire project - dumper and compressor on site

Commissioned by Sunderland City Council and officially named the Northern Spire following a public vote, this landmark bridge is the first to be built over the Wear in over 40 years. It will link the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park on the A19 with Sunderland City Centre and the Port of Sunderland whilst opening up opportunities for future investment and reduced congestion in the city.

As quoted in the Northern Echo, the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight commented, “This is a project that is of massive significance to everyone in Sunderland and across the North East, bringing with it significant economic, regeneration and transport benefits to our city and the wider North East region. With its striking 105m A-frame central pylon, which is taller than Big Ben’s clock tower and twice as high as Nelson’s Column, and its impressive 28 cable stays, it is already a major landmark on the city’s skyline.”

A new video was released and shared last month telling the story so far, complete with fantastic drone footage, time lapse sequences and interviews with those working on the project:

If you are looking for quality, affordable construction equipment to hire or buy for your site you can view our full range of plant, tool and site equipment available online now. Browse our online hire catalogue or online sales catalogue and get a quick quote today!