Birse Civils/Rail and Tony Gee teamed up for a £16 million contract for the design and construction of two new 70 metre long, three-span reinforced concrete bridges to carry the railway and canal over the new bypass.
The scheme, due for completion by July 2011, was also highly commended in a fourth category for Sustainability. It was originally planned as a 100 metre long tunnel taking the new road through a 14 metre high embankment. Tony Gee developed the Innovation Award winning alternative double bridge design, providing significant construction benefits and a more attractive environment for pedestrians.
A temporary canal diversion and careful phasing of the works enabled the busy cross-city railway to remain fully operational throughout construction and minimise disruption to commuters and the local community.