Royal HaskoningDHV were initially engaged by ABP Southampton in 2004 to procure a Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridge (SPBB) for the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship terminal in Southampton. The purpose of this bridge was to serve the newly built and prestigious Cunard vessel, the Queen Mary II, which needed two SPBBs to operate. 

In 2014, ABP then identified the need for a new replacement SPBB at the same terminal. This second bridge was needed to serve a wider range of vessel door heights in various positions along the quayside.

Royal HaskoningDHV were commissioned to partner with ABP for the entire lifetime of the project, offering technical expertise and consultancy in many areas (including electrical, mechanical and control systems engineering) in order to facilitate the procurement of the new SPBB. 

Royal HaskoningDHV’s role throughout the project will include:

  • Initial scoping and optioneering
  • Writing of performance specifications
  • Preparing of outline scheme drawings
  • Providing technical reviews of incoming tenders
  • Reviewing the manufacturer’s design for the SPBB
  • Factory site testing and commissioning

Although the project is still in an early phase, a feasible option has already been identified for the SPBB concept design. This is based on the site conditions we have encountered. We have also prepared drafts of performance specifications. 

In addition, we have also used building information modelling techniques to create a number of 3D conceptual drawings for the client. These will help the client to visualise the proposed SPBB and to present the concept effectively to stakeholders.