Budimex has commenced the next stage of the works at a bridge in Germany, close to the Polish border. Installation of the main girder of the load-bearing structures is one of the final stages of works within this project. The structure consisting of 7 steel segments and weighing almost 230 tonnes was delivered to the site by water. At the same time, it is one of Budimex’s five contracts on the German market.
The tender for demolition and construction of a new bridge worth gross EUR 5.1 million, was awarded to the largest Polish general contractor at the end of 2021. Budimex SA is carrying out this investment together with the Group’s subsidiary, Budimex Bau GmbH.
The new bridge is being built in Liepe, in the east of Germany. The Oder-Havel Canal, i.e. a waterway, which connects the Oder River with the waterway network in Germany, passes through this city. There is one of the largest boat lifts in Europe located near the structure. Thanks to the geometry of the bridge built by the Polish company, the pillars of the existing bridge structure hindering navigation will be removed. In addition, one of Brandenburg’s most important bike routes crosses the bridge in Liepe.
- This steel structure was first manufactured as 7 individual steel segments joined together to form a single unit. Weighing almost 230 tonnes, the structure was loaded onto a pontoon boat at a shipyard in Szczecin and transported by water to Liepe. With the help of 2 specially equipped large pontoon boats navigated by pusher boats the structure was lifted and positioned in the right place, before being put down and placed on the prepared abutments, says Michał Falkowski, Project Manager at Budimex Bau GmbH.
Due to the nature conservation area, all transport of materials and equipment to the south side had to be done by water. Girder transportation is the culmination point of the work of nearly 20 Budimex specialists and engineers.
Budimex is the largest construction company in Poland, having already completed thousands of modern investments all over the country. Currently the company employs over 7,000 people. One of the elements of development of Budimex is going outside Poland and expanding to European markets. On the German market, Budimex SA operates in the areas of infrastructural, building and industrial construction together with its subsidiary, Budimex Bau GmbH. Budimex Bau got awarded with several subsequent tenders in those areas. The general contractor will carry out, among other things, the reconstruction of the Oderberg and Wittstock bridges. Budimex is also present in Czech Republic and Slovakia. In December 2022, the general contractor began works associated with construction of the D1/D4 motorway node in Slovakia.
BUDIMEX SA is a company with over fifty years of tradition, which has a significant contribution to the economic development of Poland. With our work, we improve the quality of life of millions of Poles. During the 50 years of our existence, we have completed thousands of modern infrastructure, construction and industrial investments. The culture of innovation, improvement and following the principles of sustainable development allowed us to gain the position of a leader in the Polish construction market. Not only are we present on the Polish market, but also abroad. We gradually increase our involvement in the facility management (operation of real estate and infrastructure facilities) and waste management sectors. Since 1995, our company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and since 2011 it has been included in the ESG index – gathering the most responsible companies on the stock exchange. Its strategic investor is a Spanish company with global reach – Ferrovial. The group includes: Mostostal Kraków and FBSerwis.
We are one of the signatories of the Agreement for Safety in Construction – an initiative established in 2010, bringing together the largest general contractors in Poland in order to improve occupational safety in the construction industry.
More information is available at www.budimex.pl/en