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Following the discovery of corrosion in the cables of the Forth Road Bridge in 2005, work was rapidly progressed to procure and construct a new crossing. The new Queensferry Crossing Bridge was opened by Her Majesty, The Queen on 4 September 2017 following 10 years of design, planning and construction.
Lawrence will highlight how the bridge, which is the world’s longest three tower cable-stayed bridge, was realised within this tight timeframe, highlighting some of the lessons learnt and issues involved.
Doors open 17:30 for registration. There will be no tickets issued. You will need to bring booking receipt with you on the day - this can either be printed out or on your phone.
Image: Queensferry Crossing Bridge, courtesy of Transport Scotland.
Lawrence Shackman BSc CEng FICE FCIHT
With more than 32 years’ engineering experience, Lawrence was recently appointed as Transport Scotland’s Head of Rail Projects, following 11 years as Project Manager for the iconic £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing. He has extensive experience of trunk roads design, maintenance and construction, delivering many projects through management positions in the agency’s network management and construction divisions.
In his early career Lawrence was a project manager with Thorburn Colquhoun, now AECOM, where he worked extensively on the £multi million, 45 mile long A14 M1-A1 link. Lawrence is currently Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland, having been Chair of Glasgow & West of Scotland branch in 2014/15. He is a Fellow of ICE and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and is also Transport Scotland’s Supervising Civil Engineer responsible for the training of ICE graduates.