Winnington Swing Bridge repairs project receives engineering accolade

15 March 2021

A project to repair Winnington Swing Bridge, involving multiple organisations, has received a prestigious award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Canal & River Trust charity, who care for the bridge, worked closely together to minimise disruption to motorists during the vital repair project.  Also involved were Arcadis, Kier, CGC and Davies Industrial.

Each year, ICE North West seeks out and shares examples of excellence in civil engineering practice across the region.

The awards celebrate recently completed projects, diversity, best practice and outstanding individual contribution in the engineering profession.  The project won the Small Project category in this year’s awards – for projects under £5 million.

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “This is excellent news and is well deserved.  This project involved brilliant partnership working that ensured the repairs were carried out with minimum disruption to motorists.  The project was made possible when the Council was awarded £780k from the Department for Transport’s Maintenance Challenge Fund. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, congratulations on this prestigious award.”

Richard Spencer, Project Team Manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “We are delighted to be part of the winning multi-agency team and receive recognition for this challenging and successful repair project. Winnington Swing Bridge is a key heritage structure on the Weaver Navigation, carrying the main A533 trunk road, so it was important to secure it for the future. The success of the project was very much down to the close cooperation between of all the partner organisations.”

The judges’ comments included – “A critical upgrade on a main trunk road route that otherwise would have had a massive impact on society connectivity, requiring a 15-mile detour.  The team dealt with unknown asset condition but focused on repair not replacement – a blueprint for reducing carbon in infrastructure. This was real “hands-on” engineering in action.”

The bridge carries the A533 road between Northwich and Barnton over the River Weaver Navigation.  The repairs were urgently needed to protect the Grade II-listed, 110-year-old bridge from further deterioration and avoid a longer, more disruptive closure in the future.  Without the repairs, a 7.5 tonne weight restriction would be needed on the bridge.  The works were completed just before Christmas 2020.
For more information about the River Weaver Navigation, visit the Canal & River Trust’s website.

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