Bordeaux, the largest drawbridge in Europe rises to 53 metres

An exceptional Bridge for engineers Egis, prime contractor for the project and design work.

Date : 2006-2013
Duration: 7 ans
Client: Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux
Contractor: Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux

Project overview

The central span of the bridge, over a surface of 5,000 m2, equivalent to a football pitch, rises in twelve minutes to let liners and tall ships pass. The lifting tests continued until March 2013, inauguration date for this unique structure, the largest drawbridge in Europe (433 m long, 45 m wide).

Our missions

Egis led the group in charge of the design and project management, consisting of architects Thomas Lavigne and Christophe Chéron and design engineer Michel Virlogeux, from the consulting firm Hardesty & Hannover. The building group in charge of this project consisted of Vinci, GTM and Cimolaï.

© Richard NOURRY / La Cub / GTM SO TP GC / GTM Sud / VINCI Construction Grands Projets / Cimolaï / Egis / LAVIGNE & CHERON Architectes / Michel VIRLOGEUX / Hardesty & Hanover