Weber’s trusted Technical Mortar products have been used in the design, build and refurbishment of some of the most famous and iconic projects, buildings and landmarks across UK and Ireland, here are just a few…
1. The London Eye, London
A feat of engineering unlike any other, undertaken for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, The London Eye continues to attract a constant stream of visitors. The vast majority, however, do not realise that the weight of the whole structure is taken on Weber high performance grout.
Reliable transfer of load from the structure to supporting foundations is a vital element of design in any civil engineering project and this is paramount where high static loads and the transport of the public are part of the equation. Due to its long service record of reliability in use, webercem five star grout was chosen by the contractors McApline to carry out this crucial role
2. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank.
Opened in 2001, the award-winning structure was designed by architect WilkinsonEyre. Winner of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, the dramatic footbridge literally 'sits' on Weber's high performance grouts. Used in critical areas under the bridge 'hinges' and to support vital gear mechanisms in the machine rooms, webercem five star repair concrete and webercem five star grout SP were chosen because of their reliability and performance history.
3. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
The Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre landmark observation tower in Portsmouth. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection.
The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history through its being modelled after a sail.
The instantly recognisable and much loved Millennium Bridge was one of the first highly innovative Jubilee celebration projects. Designed by Ove Arup the bridge features low slung suspension wires that make the bridge seem, intriguingly, to defy gravity.
This seemingly light aesthetic design disguises the fact that the same if not a greater load than traditional designs needs to be safely transferred to the supporting structure.
At the time of opening in October 1991, the QEII Bridge, opened by its name sake, was the longest cable-stayed bridge in Europe. Described as one of the most important road crossings in Britain, it suffers from heavy traffic and congestion, with an average daily use of over 130,000 vehicles shared between the bridge and Dartford Tunnel, both structures require constant maintenance and reparation.
Many Weber Technical Mortar products have been used over the lifetime of the crossing including webertec grout FG on the main bridge bearings supporting the structure, webercem five star grout SP under the bridge bearings on the approach road and webertec EP pourable grout which was used to grout in the new road deck in the Dartford tunnel. Weber have worked with a number of key contractors including Skanska on this iconic Thames crossing.
A few more interesting projects that have been supported by Weber Technical Mortar products over the years