JP Corry is privileged to be involved in the creation of Ireland’s longest bridge, a three-tower extrados bridge spanning 230 meters, forming the most important current infrastructure project in the Republic of Ireland.
The exciting multi million euro road project connects County Wexford to County Kilkenny with 14km of dual carriageway over the River Barrow. A collaborative approach between JP Corry and UPM Plywood was integral in the supply of WISA-Form Birch, a high quality plywood offering durability and stability which played a key role in the construction.
Neil Flanagan, UPM Plywood Sales Manager for the UK & Ireland, was delighted with the company’s involvement in such a landmark project. He commented “Working with our long established distribution partner in Northern Ireland, JP Corry, we have supplied some 220 cubic metres of WISA-Form Birch. The Barrow Crossing in particular is quite a challenging, high maintenance site.”
Section Engineer for Dragados, Jose Ballesteros, is now working on the critical path of this historic project. He remarked: “This has the longest span - 230 metres - of an extrados bridge. It is very exciting not only because of that - also the complexity of the design and difficulty of the construction.”
He added “We had good feedback from different people on site who had worked with UPM products including this one before. We also needed durability as well as reliable and timely deliveries, which we got from JP Corry around once a fortnight. This was essential because of the amount of WISA-Form Birch we would need."
Bryan Gourley, JP Corry Timber Director added: “We’re thrilled to have been involved in such a unique and innovative project. The bridge required a high-quality, sustainable finish and WISA-Form Birch offered exactly that. Our focus on service and delivery enabled us to meet regular deadlines and overcome challenges you’d expect with this type of project”.
Dragados and BAM Ireland, appointed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, are building the route which is expected to come to fruition later this year.