Monday, 27 September 2021

Award for Whitchurch Bridge engineers

THE engineers who refurbished Whitchurch toll bridge have been honoured.

THE engineers who refurbished Whitchurch toll bridge have been honoured.

Balfour Beatty has won the Institute of Civil Engineers' Engineering excellence award for its involvement in the £6.4 million project.

The work started in September 2013 and finished 12 months later. It was five months behind schedule and more than £2 million over budget following a series of delays.

These included unforeseen structural weaknesses that were found when dismantling the old bridge and heavy floods in early 2014 that forced work to stop for two months.

The privately-owned Grade II listed structure was 112 years old and needed to be reinforced to cope with the weight of modern traffic.

Balfour Beatty rebuilt it with new piling and steel girders under the road but refurbished and reinstalled the original white lattice girders along the sides.

Judges for the institute's Thames Valley region presented representatives with a trophy at Phyllis Court Club in Henley on Friday.

They said it was "overall a challenging project, well executed under very difficult conditions, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing structure that will be used and enjoyed by the community for many years to come",

Because of the unexpected extra cost, the Whitchurch Bridge Company is seeking the Department for Transport's permission to increase the toll from 40p to 60p.

A public inquiry was held last month following objection from residents. The inspector will make a decision later in the year.

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