Jamestown’s Weathering Steel Solves a Watery Problem
Situated in a prestigious site in London’s Docklands, the new Heron Quays Pavilion building at Middle Dock posed special challenges for the developers Canary Wharf Contractors and architects, Jun Aoki Associates.
Ireland’s only oil refinery is located at Whitegate in County Cork. The refinery was built on Corkbeg Island, on one side of the bay, and it processes low-sulphur crude oil, which is delivered to its docks in tankers from the North Sea and West Africa. Once refined, the gasoline, diesel and kerosene are distributed across Ireland and Europe.
When J. Murphy & Sons Ltd. won the Network Rail contract for replacing the single span underbridge at Brindle Chapel with a stronger structure, they looked for the best in steel beams, and so turned to Jamestown.
It was a challenging task. The bridge carries the Blackpool to Preston line over a public road, and the work needed to be completed in fifty-two hours, which included the removal of the existing superstructure and its replacement with steel billet decks on reinforced concrete cill beams.
When it comes to upgrading rail services, particularly for electrification and the modernisation of old railway tracks, those entrusted with this work look for the best in materials.
This is why the upgrading of two major road bridges in Cossington and Loughborough in Leicestershire required the very best steel available, and the contractors turned to Jamestown to provide the steel beams for this project. Syston Road in Cossington required forty-two-tonne beams, and Station Road in Loughborough, fifty-five.
Conor is the son of Gabriel O’Brien who in 1981 founded the crane hire company that bears his name.
Conor attended St.Peter’s School in Dunboyne, after which, following his father’s passion for the construction industry, he studied at Dundalk Institute of Technology, where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He completed his studies at Liverpool John Moores University, with a further Civil Engineering qualification.
Jamestown Steel supplied 130 tonne steel girders to an award-winning bridge project in north-west England. The bridge, constructed by J Murphy and Sons Ltd., crosses Spring’s Branch Line between Garswood and St Helens. The project was rewarded with the Medium Civil Engineering Project of the Year at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) North West Awards in 2017.