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A-Plant Lux Wins Traffic Management Contract For 4-Year Tower Bridge Refurbishment

A-Plant Lux Traffic Control & Management has won a prestigious four year contract to provide traffic management services during refurbishment work on Tower Bridge in London, one of the world's most famous landmarks. The contract is for Gateshead-based Pyeroy Group, which will be carrying out the refurbishment work on Tower Bridge as part of the City of London Corporation's plans to refurbish historic structures and key gateways to the City. As well as Tower Bridge, Pyeroy is also refurbishing the neighbouring Southwark Bridge, in a combined contract worth 6.5 million.

The specialist refurbishment programme for Tower Bridge will see a team of Pyeroy contractors scaffold, grit blast and fully re-paint the 244 metre long structure, which was originally built in 1894. This process will be completed in stages involving roughly a quarter of the total structure each time being shrouded in scaffolding. The bridge sections must be completely encapsulated in order to catch the old paintwork that must be blasted off the metal bridge framework before repainting can commence. Throughout the work, A-Plant Lux will be on site from 11 pm to 5 am daily, seven days a week.

The section-by-section approach to refurbishing Tower Bridge is essential so as not to disrupt road or river traffic too dramatically during the work. A-Plant Lux will be providing systems throughout the four years to manage flows of traffic over Tower Bridge in both directions across the River Thames.

Once the repainting has been completed, Tower Bridge will retain its traditional blue and white colour dating back to 1894 and Southwark Bridge will be returned to its original bright colours of green and yellow.

The 6.5 million contract to repaint Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge was awarded to Pyeroy by the Bridge House Estates Trust. The primary purpose of this trust is to maintain all five City bridges (London, Tower, Southwark, Blackfriars and Millennium Bridges) at no cost to the taxpayer. Now worth 700 million, the ancient Bridge House Estates Trust can trace its roots back to 1097 when Londoners paid a toll if they wanted to cross the original London Bridge. Its sole trustee is the City of London Corporation.

The City Bridge Trust is the working name of the grant-making arm of Bridge House Estates and was set up in 1995. This organisation makes grants of 15 million a year to charitable projects benefiting the inhabitants of Greater London. Since the City Bridge Trust began grant-making in 1995, it has awarded over 5,600 grants totalling more than 215 million.

Pyeroy Limited was founded in 1973 as a marine and industrial painting contractor and has successfully grown into a large industrial, multi-discipline services contractor employing over 900 people with sales of nearly 50 million per annum. The company operates a network of regional offices in Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin from its Gateshead head office. The firm's major contracts over the past year have included repainting the High Level Bridge in Newcastle, the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland and several Royal Navy warships.

Pyeroy specialises in surface preparation and the application of protective coatings, scaffolding, insulation and asbestos remediation and construction and civil engineering services. Where appropriate Pyeroy has the ability to meet all scaffolding, containment, cleaning, surface preparation and painting requirements. This gives the Group the unique ability to provide streamlined single source management solutions that offer clients major advantages in project planning, control and cost.

A-Plant Lux offers traffic management solutions and a vast range of products to hire, including the very latest cableless traffic lights in 2, 3 and 4-way configurations, tandem cableless and Variable Message Systems as well as standard trailer sets, traffic separators, temporary kerbing, traffic cones, crowd control barriers, remote control Stop/Go boards, crash impact cushions and Chapter 8 Signing, Lighting and Guarding with Class 1 or Class 2 signs.

A-Plant Lux was the first hire company to be accredited with Sector Scheme 12 certification, the National Highway Sector Scheme developed in partnership with the highways industry to set out a quality management standard for organisations involved in the installation, maintenance and removal of temporary traffic management on rural and urban roads. As part of the work involved in gaining Sector Scheme 12 certification, A-Plant's Traffic business has also been awarded approval to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2000 quality standard.

As well as Traffic Control and Management, A-Plant offers a range of other Specialist products, including Accommodation Units, Acrow Falsework and Formwork, Powered Access Machines, Rail Equipment and Power Generation and Welding Equipment. Complementing these is A-Plant's Plant and Tools business comprising over 100 locations offering a vast range of plant and tools to hire - from large plant such as dumpers, excavators and forklifts to powered air tools, lifting equipment and heaters. A-Plant forms part of FTSE-250 company Ashtead Group plc.