IFS takes bridge expertise global

“This significant achievement of acquiring such a variety and volume of bridge projects in such a short period of time is due to our regional expansion and ability to offer a comprehensive and innovative range of temporary works products and solutions, together with an in-house technical design and engineering backup service,” IFS managing director Scott Williams said.He said the IFS Sydney branch had led the way by securing a contract on the new Iron Cove Bridge for the supply and erection of staircase access towers and the StarShore access and falsework shoring systems.In April, the company supplied 9m-high bridge pier formwork and in May will supply its latest product – the IFS 100-tonne SuperProp – to Reynders Constructions for work on the Gungahlin Drive Extension-Barton Highway upgrade project in Canberra.A second supply contract to Reynders Constructions has been secured for the design and rental of the StarShore shoring support system for the installation of a 1.2m-thick bridge deck at Kings Avenue in Canberra. The Sydney branch has also been contracted to complete two additional bridge projects in New South Wales, starting this month with an expected completion by the end of 2011.As well as local work, IFS has secured a contract on the new international airport in Qatar through its recently opened regional office in the Middle East.IFS is also supplying custom-designed and fabricated steel column moulds on the airport’s main carpark bridges.Williams said the moulds, together with the bridge deck shoring system and the carpark formwork systems, totalled an order value of $1.2 million.Another recent contract is for the design and supply of falsework for the new Punggol Waterway project in Singapore, involving the construction of a vehicular bridge and four footbridges.The eighth bridge contract is for the upgrading of the junction of West Coast Highway and Clementi Road in Singapore. The project includes a new dual three-lane flyover constructed using IFS pier formwork, cross-head falsework, deck support shoring systems and cantilevered wing formwork.

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