Alresford Road Footbridge – Isle of Wight, England

Programme

The refurbishment project consisted of:
• Design and install of a scaffolding system all around the structure to enable full access.
• Design and install of a fully sealed encapsulation system over the scaffolding.
• Cleaning off and grit blast all the exposed steel.
• Inspect the state of the structure, identify defects, recommend solutions to address, and produce design for the works.
• Carry out steel and concrete repairs according to the design agreed.
• Apply paint on all the previously prepared and all the newly repaired steel.
• Apply new non-slip surface onto the deck.
• Dismantle all temporary works, handover site.

An 8-week blockade was provided by Network Rail to carry out this scheme, and the project completion date could not be delayed. The main contractor was required to mobilise an important number of resources at short notice.
Beaver Bridges Ltd were selected for their strong, multipurpose supply chain, able to undertake the whole scheme in short delays, as well as their good knowledge of the railway environment and the specific requirements established by Network Rail.

This proved a very challenging scheme for Beaver Bridges Ltd, considering the varied activities involved, to be completed in such a short duration. We worked with several specialists’ contractors from our usual audited and accredited supply chain to deliver the scheme to a great standard of quality. We also used local contractors to be able to promptly address the defects identified on the existing structure.

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