Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd is a renowned bridge building and structural engineering company based in Darlington, England. It has been involved in many major projects including the Victoria Falls Bridge.[1]

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd
Private company
IndustryLarge scale steel structural engineering
HeadquartersDarlington, England
Key people
Chris Droogan (Managing Director)
ProductsBridges, Structures, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction
OwnerAl Rushaid Investment Group


Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company was founded in 1877 as a fabrication business. In 1967 the company was acquired by The Cementation Company[2] which was bought by Trafalgar House in 1970.[3]

A works was established in Dubai in 1976, and a new engineering works opened in Darlington in 1982.[3]

In 1990 the company was merged with Redpath Dorman Long which had been acquired by Trafalgar House in 1982 from the Dorman Long group, forming Cleveland Structural Engineering. The company was renamed Kvaerner Cleveland Bridge following the acquisition of Trafalgar House by Kvaerner in 1996.[3]

In mid 2000 the company became an independent entity through a £8.3million ($12.3million) management buyout, the management also acquired the company's Dubai subsidiary.[4]

In late 2000 the Al Rushaid Group acquired a 50% share of the company, raising the shareholding to 88.5% in September 2002.[5]

In 2002 the company won a £60 million contract for steelwork for the new Wembley Stadium.[6] A contractual dispute between Cleveland Bridge, and its subcontractor, Hollandia, over staff led to Cleveland Bridge exiting the project in 2004, resulting in litigation between Cleveland Bridge and the main contractor Multiplex (see Brookfield Multiplex). The dispute led to delays in the completion of the Wembley project.[7] Additionally an industrial dispute between workers transferred from Cleveland Bridge to Hollandia employment on the site led to the sacking of 200 workers, and picketing of the site.[8]

Bridge building

Bridges built by the company include:

Bridge Location Year Notes
Ramsey Harbour Swing Bridge Ramsey, Isle of Man 1892
Victoria Falls Bridge Zimbabwe 1905
Waibaidu Bridge (Garden Bridge) Shanghai, China 1906
King Edward VII Bridge Newcastle, England 1908
Blue Nile Road and Railway Bridge Sudan 1909
Victoria Bridge[9] Hamilton, New Zealand 1910
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge Middlesbrough 1911
Goz Abu Goma Bridge Sudan 1911
Trent Bridge, Nottingham Nottingham Widening by Cleveland Bridge and Engineering, 1924–1926
Chiswick Bridge London, England 1933
Verrugas Bridge Peru 1936
Howrah Bridge India 1942
Liverpool Bridge George's River, Sydney Australia 1958 278 m
Spit Bridge Middle Harbour, Sydney Australia 1958 227 m, including bascule span
Auckland Harbour Bridge Auckland, New Zealand 1959
Tamar Bridge England 1959
Forth Road Bridge Scotland 1964 ACD Consortium
Severn Bridge Severn Estuary, Wales/England 1966 ABB Consortium
Wye Bridge Severn Estuary, Wales/England 1968
Bosphorus Bridge Turkey 1973 Total length 1560 metres
Rio–Niterói Bridge Rio, Brazil 1974
Ballachulish Bridge Scotland 1974
Humber Bridge Hessle, England 1981 Span 1410 m
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge M25 Motorway, London 1991 Main span of 450 m, overall length 2872 metres.
Tsing Ma Bridge Hong Kong 1997 Span 1377 m
Jiangyin Suspension Bridge Jiangsu Province, China. 1999 Span 1385 m
New Carquinez Bridge San Francisco, USA. 2003 Span 728
Rio–Antirrio bridge Gulf of Corinth, Greece. 2004 Span 3x560m
Wembley Stadium Arch London, England 2005
Infinity Bridge Stockton on Tees, England 2009
Twin Sails Bridge Poole, England 2012


  1. Newcastle University. "Organisation's Details: Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co". Structural Images of the North East (SINE). Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  2. O'Driscoll, Dick. 100 Years of Cementation (PDF). Skanska. p. 45.
  3. History, Cleveland Bridge Ltd, archived from the original on 31 January 2009
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  6. Buying into Success - Al Rushaid Investment Group Increases Stake in Cleveland Bridge Group,, September 2002, archived from the original on 16 June 2004
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  9. "Victoria Bridge". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
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