Duration: 14 Weeks
Contract: JCT Design & Build 2011
The works involved was to install a new pedestrian and cyclists’ bridge taking into account the natural environment. The bridge was situated within Richmond Park and crossed Beverley Brook. The park is within a nature conservation area where there is a lively mix of cultures, events and adjoining neighbours which meant that the park must remain open at all times during the project.
The design for the bridge was carried out by our in-house design team (WSS) and agreed by the local authority, Conservation officer and Environment Agency. The design consisted of Concrete pad foundations on each side of the bank and spanned by a galvanised steel frame with hardwood timbers and handrails.
There were many challenges that needed to be overcome on this project all at pre-construction stage, which reduces the programme risk during construction. The bridge was fabricated off site and delivered in manageable sections for a forklift and small crane to move and lift. The bridge sections were transported 500m from the delivery area to the site by forklift running on a temporary road structure using mats which causes less impact on the environment.
Working closely with the local residents and the local authority a programme was for the construction period of the works was compiled and maintained throughout the project.
A considerate collaborative ’above and beyond’ approach to problem solving at the initial design stage led to risk mitigation strategies and a conclusive design and construction package that complements the clients requirements.
The project was a success for all parties involved coming within budget and on programme.