MCE wins the jury over with its “Sprung über die Emscher” at the 2023 SOLID Bautech Award

Location: Castrop-Rauxel, North Rhine-Westphalia
Client: Emschergenossenschaft water board
Construction start: February 2021
Total length of the bridge: 412 metres
Weight of the steel structure: 900 tonnes
Scheduled end of construction: August 2023

The company MCE, which is part of the HABAU GROUP, won over the expert jury of the 2023 SOLID Bautech Award with the construction of the bridge in Emscherland in Germany and was honoured in the category International on 11 May 2023.


Last week, MCE GmbH came out on top in the International category at the 2023 SOLID Bautech Award with its outstanding construction project, beating out the competition with its pedestrian and cyclist bridge “Sprung über die Emscher” in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The bridge is being built by order of the Emschergenossenschaft water board in a consortium consisting of MCE GmbH and construction company Echterhoff GmbH & Co. KG, and convinced the jury above all with the technical implementation of the unique architecture.


“We’re very pleased that our construction projects were able to impress once again at the SOLID Bautech Award and that MCE was distinguished in the International category”, says Hubert Wetschnig, CEO of the HABAU GROUP. “This recognition is once more a testament to our innovative approaches and international expertise.”


“Sprung über die Emscher”: architectural highlight with a unique look

The 412-metre-long bridge is a seven-lane suspension bridge made of 900 tonnes of steel. It is being created directly at a waterway junction; more precisely, where the Emscher passes below the Rhein-Herne Canal. The suspension bridge takes the shape of a double “S” and spans the Emscher twice and the Rhein-Herne Canal once. This is not just an absolute highlight visually, but also a challenge in technical terms, which is what convinced the expert jury at the 2023 Bautech Awards. A particular high point of the assembly work was the successful floating into position of the bridge section – 70 metres in length and weighing 105 tonnes – with millimetre precision across the canal at the start of October 2022.


“The ‘Sprung über die Emscher’ bridge is not just an absolute architectural eye-catcher, it also implies an improvement to the region in the long term. With the imposing adjoining staircases, access is now also enabled to the adjacent and newly created local recreation area of the region”, explains MCE Managing Director Günther Dorrer.


Long-term improvement to the region

The construction of the bridge extends the existing network of cycle paths and creates a sustainable, environmentally friendly transport infrastructure between the cities of Castrop-Rauxel and Recklinghausen. In future, the regional Emscher trail cycle paths will lead across the “Sprung über die Emscher”. The new bridge, therefore, ensures the enhancement of the region. Completion is already planned for late summer 2023.