Archirodon appointed to deliver 1.2km bridge in Red Sea archipelago

by Liam Turner
A digger on a platform in the Red Sea

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has appointed Archirodon to design and build a large bridge that will form part of the 3.3km crossing to its main hub island, Shurayrah.

Archirodon will provide engineering, procurement, and construction support to complete the building of Shurayrah bridge, which will stretch a total of 1.2 kilometres across the Red Sea.

The bridge will include two small 36-metre sections at each end of the crossing to allow for movement of marine mammals.

Shurayrah is one of the 22 islands in an archipelago of more than 90 selected for development by TRSDC.

Commenting on the development, John Pagano, chief executive of TRSDC, said: “Shurayrah Bridge will become one of the main access points for guests onto the island, and its completion will mark a major undertaking in the development of the destination.

“Its construction is truly monumental as not only will the bridge be the very first connection to the islands, its construction will demonstrate our ability to accomplish huge feats of engineering whilst also protecting and enhancing the natural habitat.”

Sustainable construction

The design and construction methods used to deliver the bridge reportedly meet strict criteria for sustainable development.

Sustainable measures include strict controls on the prevention of any sediment movement from piling activities, with multiple monitoring buoys strategically sited to alert any breakthrough from surface booms.

A precast yard for bridge sections will be established near the coast to minimise travel distances, with concrete sourced from on-site batching plants.

Once completed, the bridge will connect Shurayrah Island to the mainland.

The contract follows major marine-enabling works that were conducted by Archirodon across the development last year.

Image: Bayhu19/Shutterstock


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