Balfour Beatty completes reconstruction of historic Tadcaster Bridge

Balfour Beatty has completed a year-long reconstruction project on Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire after flooding led to its partial collapse in December 2015.

Working with North Yorkshire County Council, repair work on the historic 18th century Grade II listed structure to reunite the east and west sides of the town began last January.

The international infrastructure group utilised its expertise across the project, including its knowledge of coastal protection schemes, to stabilise the remaining structure, implement a temporary footbridge and widen the existing bridge by two metres.

Dave Robinson, project director for Tadcaster Bridge at Balfour Beatty, said: “Balfour Beatty is extremely proud to have played a part in rebuilding Tadcaster Bridge, giving back to the local community this important link.

"Due to its Grade II listed status we have had to draw on our extensive experience to employ traditional materials and methods to reconstruct the bridge as it was originally built.

"We have also implemented 21st century technology during the reconstruction process, using our in-house team to carry out a 3D survey of the structure to establish geometry for the design of the works."

Having implemented overnight shift working, Balfour Beatty completed the project to schedule, in just over 12 months, despite high river levels and freezing conditions.

Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for highways, said: “I am very proud of the enormous effort made by our contractors, Balfour Beatty, and our bridges team to complete a very challenging project of this kind in little more than half the time it would normally take."

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