For the project "Pont Bacalan-Bastide" in France Van der Spek Group rented out a large number of tower sections to the Vinci Construction Group through their office HEXAGOne Services in France.
The bridge Bacalan-Bastide in Bordeaux, whose work started in January 2010, connects the Bacalan and the Bastide quarters on both sides of the river Garonne.
Completion of the 433 meters long bridge is scheduled for end of 2012.
Most remarkable about this bridge is the 117 meter long and 2,600 tonnes heavy lifting centre section, which rises 53 meters above water, so that large and tall ships may pass near to the city's center. The time to lift the roadway will be 11 minutes and the predicted number of lifts in a year will be 60.
For the construction of the 77 meter high piles main contractor Vinci uses one of their own Liebherr 280 EC-H16 Litronic with tower sections 500HC from Van der Spek. Specially for this project all these tower sections were painted dark blue by Van der Spek, Vinci's company color.
The three road bed sections (fixed 2 x 150m, lifting 1 x 120m) are being made by Cimolai in Italy, close to Venice, and floated through the Mediterranean and the Atlantic to reach the Garonne river.
The 43 meter wide roadbed will have two lanes for public transport (trams), four car lanes and two pedestrians and cycle tracks. The overall costs of 145,8 million euro will be paid for 2/3 by the City of Bordeaux. Annual maintenance budget: 0,5 million euro.