Queensferry bridge, Abergele

17 March, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

The new Queensferry Crossing being constructed.
The new Queensferry Crossing being constructed.

About this event

Following the discovery of corrosion in the cables of the Forth Road Bridge in 2005, work has rapidly progressed to procure and construct a new crossing.

The new cable-stayed Queensferry Crossing bridge will have three slender single column towers and will be 2.7km long, including approach viaducts. Over 40,000 tonnes of steel will be used in this project to build the longest three tower cable-stayed bridge in the world.

The bridge deck will carry two general lanes of traffic in each direction and hard shoulders to ensure that breakdowns, incidents and any maintenance works to not cause the severe congestion which is currently experienced on the Forth Road Bridge.

Opening is scheduled for late 2016 and the talk, by Project Manager, Lawrence Shackman of Transport Scotland, will provide background to the project and describe current progress with the construction of the bridge and its connecting roads and other related activities.

This is a joint event with CIOB.

Chartered Institute of Building


Lawrence Shackman BSc CEng FICE FCIHT

Lawrence Shackman
Lawrence Shackman

Lawrence Shackman is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with more than 30 years' experience and is currently Transport Scotland's Project Manager for the Forth Replacement Crossing. Lawrence was appointed to this post in January 2008, having spent 18 months as Project Manager for the Forth Replacement Crossing Study, the extensive appraisal of options for the crossing which provided the evidence for the Scottish Government's decision to build the £1.325 – £1.35 billion cable-stay bridge.

Joining Transport Scotland some 16 years ago, Lawrence has extensive experience of trunk roads design, maintenance and construction having held management positions in the agency's network management and construction divisions. Highlights include the M77 Ayr Road Route, the A830 Arisaig to Kinsadel Improvement and the A8 Baillieston to Newhouse major maintenance scheme.

Additionally, Lawrence was the lead engineer on the Scottish Road Network Landslides and Climate Change Studies and is Transport Scotland's Supervising Civil Engineer. In his early career Lawrence was a project manager with Thorburn Colquhoun, now AECOM, where he worked extensively on the £180 million A14 M1-A1 link and several other projects including Bedford Bypasses.

During 2014 and 2015 Lawrence was Chairman of the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of ICE and is currently Vice Chairman of ICE Scotland.

Lawrence is married with two sons.