Congratulations to all our colleagues and partners on the Battenhall Bridge project – thanks to your teamwork, innovative engineering and project management, it was awarded Major Project of the year at the ICE West Midlands awards last night.
The narrow Battenhall Rail Bridge was a major obstacle to upgrading a key road in south Worcestershire. Extending the bridge had to be achieved within a tight budget and it was critical that the railway line was closed only for the very short agreed time.
There was very little space for a new bridge span to be put in place; the old and new bridges had to be directly adjoining one-another. This meant that the project team had to develop an innovative, new way of securing the existing bridge while supporting ground was removed and the newly built span moved into position.
The particular requirements for the join between old and new bridges placed tremendous time pressure on the possession, but with advance trials and detailed, hour-by-hour planning, the work was completed on programme, the railway was handed back on time and this critical stretch of road was reopened to traffic ahead of schedule.