AMP-based consultants finish pioneering bridge

Eadon Consulting's Michael Thorogood, speaking to New Zealand TV in front of the Te Matau a Pohe bridge
Eadon Consulting's Michael Thorogood, speaking to New Zealand TV in front of the Te Matau a Pohe bridge
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Advanced Manufacturing Park-based Eadon Consulting is celebrating the completion of a contract to create a landmark bridge in Whangarei, New Zealand.

Eadon helped McConnell Dowell and Transfield Services to design the operating equipment and mechanical elements of the multimillion pound bridge over the Hatea River.

The bridge is designed to mimic a medieval drawbridge, with a counterweight balancing a central span that can be easily lifted to allow boats to pass through and has been named Te Matau a Pohe – or the Fish Hook of Pohe because of its landmark design.

Speaking at the offical opening, Eadon’s Michael Thorogood said “The project has allowed the complete team to showcase their combined skills in both the design and construction of the bridge and has delivered a project that the Whangarei region can be proud of.”

Only two other bridges in the world use a design similar to Te Matau a Pohe, which has a single, 25 metre long, counterbalanced leaf opened by hydraulic rams, operating from one side of the bridge.

Challenges faced by the team included difficult working conditions, a tight budget and limited time frame.

Eadon Consulting was founded six years ago by James Hill, David Price and Michael Thorogood and has expanded into larger premises on the Advanced Manufacturing Park four times since then.

The company employs 14 staff, working on projects involving waterways, flood defences, renewable energy, moveable structures and bridges and has more recently broken into offshore handling and the nuclear sector, for which it has designed bespoke lifting equipment.