Simon Marr

Managing Director

Marr Contracting

Simon is the Managing Director of Marr Contracting – a third-generation family-owned Australian business that is challenging the global construction industry to think differently about craneage solutions.

With over 35 years in the industry, Simon started in the family business as a yard boy cleaning bolts during the school holidays. Today, he is leading the business to challenge craneage methodologies and develop new craneage solutions for large-scale, complex projects across the globe.

He has overseen the successful delivery of craneage solutions for projects including: the 1915Çanakkale Bridge (Turkey), the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG Projects (Western Australia), Sydney Metro (Martin Place, Barangaroo, Castle Hill, Central and Crows Nest Stations), the ALBA Potline 6 (Bahrain), ICD Brookfield Place (Dubai) and ALEC One Za’abeel (Dubai).

Speaker Sessions

Stream A - Wednesday 9 March 2022

Innovation at height - constructing the towers for the world’s longest suspended span

Opening in March 2022, Turkey’s 1915 Çanakkale Bridge will be the world’s longest span suspension bridge. During the design phase, crane specialist Marr Contracting proposed an innovative heavy-lift approach for the construction of the bridge’s 318m-high towers. By leveraging the concept of modularisation and early client engagement, productivity and safety on site could be increased and the exacting construction programme accelerated. The heavy-lifting approach developed for the record-breaking bridge in the Dardanelles could be replicated in similar bridge projects around the world.



: 09:45-10:10
Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain (CHAIR) Mercedes Ascaso Til

The highlight of the bridge engineering year.

Sue Threader, Chief Executive, Rochester Bridge Trust

A great day meeting lots of like-minded people, exploring new innovations and products from exhibitors and listening to some inspiring speakers.

Kevin Dentith, Chief Bridge Engineer, Devon County Council

Excellent networking and knowledge sharing opportunity, everyone who works in bridges should be there!

Liz Kirkham, Network & Strategic Asset Manager, Gloucestershire County Council

Very good conference and excellent networking opportunities.

Paul Tucker, Senior Bridge Engineer & Team Leader, Somerset County Council

Once again a great opportunity to see and hear from market leaders in bridges innovation.

Adrian Worthington, Technical & Design Officer, Wigan Council

The event is always informative, inspiring and relevant - a really good blend of asset owners, researchers, designers and contractors. A must for all bridge engineering professionals!

Phil Raven, Head of Technical Design, Milestone Infrastructure (Oxfordshire Highways)

The event is an opportunity to meet the some main suppliers and service providers in the UK industry
and to gain an understanding of the status quo and the trends in the bridge through the problems faced and solutions found.

Philip Corbett, Concessionaire for the Rion-Antirion Bridge - Greece, GEFYRA SA