Brighton Goods Bridge 6

KEY FACTS

LOCATION: Battersea, London
CONTRACTOR: BAM Nuttall Limited
CLIENT: Network Rail
CONSULTANT: Mott MacDonald
VALUE: £3.8m
SECTORS: Major projects and infrastructure, Rail
SERVICES: Construction and Civil Engineering

Brighton Goods Bridge 6 is a five-span rail over rail bridge located in Battersea, London, reconstructed to replace the existing Victorian bridge.

Brighton Goods Bridge 6
Brighton Goods Bridge 2
Brighton Goods Bridge 3
Brighton Goods Bridge 4

BAM Nuttall appointed Kilnbridge as a specialist subcontractor to undertake the complex temporary works design and construction of the concrete structure. The project involved the reconstruction of the entire bridge structure whilst the existing bridge remained fully operational, therefore minimising disturbance to both passenger and freight services.

Specifically, this entailed the replacement of a five-span rail over rail bridge, which was originally constructed just before the first world war, circa 1913. The key operational challenge of the project was maintaining the operation of the overhead railway and the lower lines passing under the bridge during construction. This solution involved encapsulating the existing masonry piers with new reinforced concrete walls and constructing a new reinforced concrete bridge deck from beneath the existing bridge. This enabled the old steel bridge to be removed over a short blockade leaving the new bridge in place for the installation of the permanent way works.

The project was the winner of the Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£3m to £50m) at the British Construction Industry Awards 2012.