Clarence Dock

Spencer Group won the contract with Berkeley Clarence Dock Company to provide a series of 3 bridges at Clarence Dock, Leeds. 2 of the bridges were moving bascule structures and the other bridge was a cable stayed pedestrian bridge. This project would allow easy and efficient access across the dock.

Key Project Details

Client Berkeley Clarence Dock Company Ltd
Duration 14 months
Location Leeds

Project Scope

The project involved the construction of a new 16 metre double bascule bridge and provided a pedestrian link – across a dock – between two residential areas. An additional 18 metre single bascule bridge linked the new development with the Royal Armouries.

The largest of the three bridge structures was an 80 metre span cable-stayed bridge that provides pedestrian access over the River Aire between the development and the north bank. This bridge was assembled on an island in the middle of the river and once complete and fully tensioned, it was spun on a pontoon into position across the river.

Spencer undertook regular meetings with the stakeholders; Berkeley Clarence Dock Company, The Environment Agency and British Waterways, to ensure successful collaboration and completion of the works.

The project involved

New 16m double bascule bridge
New 18m double bascule bridge


Clarence Dock is a £250 million scheme, completed in Autumn 2007. It is known as Leeds’ most exciting and largest waterfront destination with 1.2 million sq.ft. of pure attraction. It will be the most exciting and largest mixed-use destination. The development transformd the city’s waterfront creating a modern, vibrant and innovative urban destination.

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The project involved

New 80m cable-stayed footbridge
Associated civil works