We were appointed as Principal Contractor to undertake the replacement and substantial upgrading of Vicars Hall Bridge for our longstanding client the Bridgewater Canal Company. This involved the construction of a 1km surfaced access road across farmland, complete removal of the old dilapidated bridge, new piling foundations, beams, earthworks and road.
Our team removed the old bridge including abutments, installing bored piles to build the new bridge from scratch. The abutments required 6,000 tonnes of stone and the finalised bridge 18,000 bricks. A crane lifted the beams into place and the finished bridge was a significant upgrade to the original.
Due to the commencement of the boating season we had to re-open the canal halfway through the job, before the bridge beams were installed. We overcame the challenges created by working in and around a live canal environment to ensure that the project was completed to schedule.