Learn how to save a life – learn CPR

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In just half an hour you could become a life-saver. Come to our FREE hands on session to find out more about CPR and the recently installed BHF funded defibrillator at the North East Business & Innovation Centre (NE BIC).

 

Where: (NE BIC), Thompson Suite, Main Building
When: Friday 5th May 2017
Time: 10am-2pm (drop in anytime)

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (NE BIC) have recently been awarded a fully funded defibrillator by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) which has now been installed onsite.

In the event of a cardiac arrest, CPR and the use of a defibrillator can almost double someone’s chances of survival, so we are glad you have one at your place of work – now you just need to know how to use it.

The BHF will be at the NE BIC on 5th May running defib and CPR demonstrations you can fit into your lunch break. Not only will you be equipped with life-saving skills when we’re done, you’ll also be entered into our mystery prize draw so please do come and see us.

There are more than 1,700 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the north east every year, and less than 1 in 15 of these people will survive – for just half an hour of your time we can go a long way to increasing these survival rates in our community and you can be a CPR hero.

We hope to see you there!

For more information about this event email: sep@sepmcl.co.uk

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Wear Bridge Update

From Monday 17 October the eastbound section of European Way, between Pallion Industrial Estate and Pallion Junction, will be closed as works continue to prepare for Sunderland’s new bridge.

Diversion map for eastbound closure of European Way

Traffic will be diverted along St Luke’s Road and Meldon Road during the closure.

The westbound lane of European Way will remain open, and Pallion Subway will be accessible to traffic heading both north and southbound. Four-way traffic lights will remain in operation at the crossroads at Pallion Junction, with the traffic light set up adjusted to ensure traffic can leave the car park at Pallion Retail Park.

The latest phase of roadworks will be in place until February, with a break over the Christmas holidays, to enable utility diversions to continue. Smaller scale works will continue further into 2017.

Throughout all of the works, local shops and businesses, including those at Pallion Retail Park, Pallion High Street, Pallion Quay and Pallion Industrial Estate, as well as Pallion Metro Station, will remain open as normal.

The roadworks are being carried out in preparation for the completion of Sunderland’s new bridge across the River Wear, which is on track to open in the spring of 2018. On completion, there will be a four-way junction with traffic lights, which will allow traffic to connect to the new bridge.

The New Wear Crossing will span the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion and is the first bridge to be built over the river in the city for more than 40 years.

Part of the wider strategic transport plan to link the Port of Sunderland and city centre with the A19, it is expected to reduce congestion and journey times and help in the regeneration of land along the river and create up to 6,000 jobs.

Stephen McCaffrey, Project Director of FVB joint venture, formed by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction to deliver the project on behalf of Sunderland City Council, said the team was progressing with the roadworks as quickly as possible.

“We have had to re-think the layout of the roadworks in the past week to ensure the safety of drivers and to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible, and believe closing the eastbound lane of European Way is the most efficient way of completing this next phase of works,” said Stephen.

“We appreciate that roadworks are frustrating for motorists and local businesses, but we must complete the utility diversions and improvements in order for the road network to be ready for the bridge opening. We thank people for their patience so far and ask them to continue to bear with us during the next few months.”

Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said he believed the inconvenience of the roadworks would be worth it when the new bridge opened.

“The team is making good progress with the bridge, with preparations underway for the first section of bridge deck to be launched out over the river,” said Cllr Watson.

“A complex project of this size, which will ultimately make life easier for commuters and attract huge investment into Sunderland, does not happen overnight and with no disruption to the road network.

“However, we are about halfway through the project now and can really see the bridge develop, so we know it won’t be forever.”

 

To sign up to receive regular updates on the New Wear Crossing, email newwearcrossing@sunderland.gov.uk asking to be put on the distribution list.

For more information, go to www.newwearcrossing.co.uk, or call 0800 223 0379.

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Press release from Sunderland City Council re Bridge

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Press Release

 

March 18, 2016

New bridge foundations to start as cofferdam near completion

The foundations to Sunderland’s new bridge are about to be built as the huge cofferdam in the middle of the River Wear nears completion – signaling the start of a new phase in the project.

In the coming days, the last remaining work will be carried out on the cofferdam, which is a large steel watertight structure within the river, so that after Easter it can be drained to enable the team to work below the water surface.

 

The foundations to the main bridge pylon will begin to take shape in the cofferdam in April and the bridge supports on either side of the river will then take shape, ready for the positioning of the bridge deck in the summer.

 

Sunderland City Council Leader Cllr Paul Watson said he was excited to see work progressing on the new bridge.

 

“The people of Sunderland have waited a long time for this bridge, so it will be wonderful to see the foundations getting underway in the river,” said Cllr Watson.

 

“A lot of work has already been done, particularly on the south side of the river, to clear the site and prepare the foundations for the approach road, but work will now be stepping up in the river itself and on the north side.

 

“The benefits of the bridge are going to be significant. Crucially, it will lead to investment in the city, will see land along the south of the river regenerated, and will reduce journey times for motorists. It’s been a long time coming, but I firmly believe it will be a bridge to a better future.”

 

The end of 2016 will mark a significant milestone in the construction of the bridge when the impressive 105m A-frame pylon is floated from Belgium on a giant barge before being slowly hoisted into position on the river.

 

Twice as high as Nelson’s Column and taller than Big Ben’s clock tower, it will arrive into the Port of Sunderland and will then be slowly transported up the River Wear in a carefully planned phase of work.

 

It will take several hours to raise the pylon and secure it in place, creating a spectacle for the people of Sunderland to watch.

 

The project team has produced a video animation of the three-year bridge-building process and has released time-lapse films showing some of the progress on site to date – view more at http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11488

 

The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion.

 

It is the first bridge to be built over the Wear in Sunderland for more than 40 years and is part of the wider strategic transport plan to link the Port of Sunderland and city centre with the A19.

 

David Abdy, Project Director for Sunderland City Council, said independent economic studies indicated that every £1 invested in construction resulted in £2.84 of economic benefit to the economy.

 

He said: “When linked with the wider improvements planned for the road network as part of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC), the New Wear Crossing will be a key economic driver for future investment in the city.

 

“The project will help to create thousands of new jobs at development sites along the riverside corridor, will bring new business opportunities to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, will reduce congestion and improve journey times, and will improve public transport in the city.

 

“It will also be a striking landmark and feature. It will be something for the people of Sunderland to be really proud of.”

 

Stephen McCaffrey, Project Director for FVB joint venture, created by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction to build the bridge, said work would be intensifying during the next few weeks.

 

He said: “It’s a very complex project using a range of skills, technologies and specific expertise, which is encompassing a large area of the city in both Castletown and Pallion, as well as the river itself, so it’s not straight forward, but it’s going well.

 

“We appreciate road works in and around the site may be frustrating for drivers, but I can assure people they are necessary in order to upgrade the road network and to ensure both drivers and our workforce are safe.

 

“I appeal to people to drive carefully and within the speed limits and to bear with us.”

 

Sunderland City Council is holding a two-phase consultation to find a name for the new bridge. To take part, go to www.newwearcrossing.co.uk

 

For information about work opportunities, email newwearcrossing@farrans.com.

 

To sign up to receive regular updates on the New Wear Crossing, email newwearcrossing@farrans.com asking to be put on the distribution list.

For more information, go to www.newwearcrossing.co.uk, or call 0800 223 0379

Media representatives can download the ‘Making the new bridge a reality’ animation here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/brjb7xigivj0y3t/NWC_Making_The_Bridge_A_Reality_1603161150.mp4?dl=1

 

High resolution versions of the time lapse films are available on request.

 

Ends

 

Further information about this release:

For further information, contact Karen Westcott or Chris Taylor at DTW on 01287 610404, 07545 210067 or email Karen@dtw.co.uk or chris@dtw.co.uk

 

Editors Notes:

 

About FVB JV

 

In May 2015 the construction contract was awarded to FVB JV, an international joint venture set up by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction, specifically to bring together the skills and experience required to deliver this project.

 

Farrans Construction operates as a building and civil engineering contractor across the UK and Ireland.

 

Victor Buyck is based in Belgium and is one of Europe’s major structural steelwork contractors, specialising in steel bridges.

 

FVB JV will be supported by their design team led by Buro Happold Engineering and Roughan & O’Donovan.

 

 

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