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Canal bridge over the river Elbe, Germany

Canal bridge over the river Elbe, waterway junction Magdeburg, Germany - The 17 monumental piers of the foreland bridge are characterised by positioned tie points, dummy joints, clearly defined recesses and geometry resembling the shape of a ship´s bow. The contractor also used VARIO GT 24 wall formwork here and achieved excellent concrete surfaces.
Canal bridge over the river Elbe, waterway junction Magdeburg, Germany - The abutments of the river bridge were constructed using VARIO GT 24 and TRIO wall formwork systems, KG climbing system along with the MULTIPROP system.

Project data

Location: Magedeburg, Germany

  • longest canal bridge in Europe as connection between the two canals Elbe-Havel-Kanal and Mittellandkanal
  • structure: foreland bridge; 690 m long, 34 m wide
  • structure: river bridge; 228 m long


  • fabrication of 17 piers rounded like ship bows
  • fair-faced concrete with smooth, light-coloured surface and defined plywood joints and tie layouts


ARGE Kanalbrücke Magdeburg
Bilfinger Berger Bau AG; Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH; Bilfinger Berger, Schalungsbau Roxheim

Customer's benefit

  • cycle fabrication of the foreland piers
  • high surface quality

PERI solution

  • VARIO solution for the 17 foreland piers with freely selectable tie positions and acid-proof birch panel
  • climbing formwork for both river piers with 7 sections and concreting heights between 2.45 and 2.87 m
  • VARIO wall formwork elements delivered in a preassembled manner