Project Description

Overview

Thurlestone Bridge serves a vital and popular coastal path between Bigbury-on-Sea and Hope Cove. Over the years, it had deteriorated and needed sections to be replaced. As a popular tourist destination, the work needed to be completed within a tight time-frame of two weeks – and ready for Easter.

Challenges

As with any seaside location, there were a number of key challenges, not least the weather.

First, the bridge was located within a SSSI & AOB area, which meant we had to take great care to ensure the landscape was left exactly as found. However, access was also a problem. We had to bring in all the materials by hand and carry away the old handrails and footboards along a narrow path.

Under normal circumstances, the hardwood posts and bridge beams would be drilled in a factory to allow for quick and easy installation on site. But to ensure the posts lined up with the existing holes in the bridge beams – and maintained a straight and true line – we had to drill them all on site.

Result

We were able to replace the posts, handrails and a quarter of all the deck boards and other vital components within the two-week window, allowing the bridge to be re-opened in time for the Easter break.

Quick facts

Client: South West Highways
Project type: Bridges & Structures
Scale: Installation of 360m of new handrails and 75 hardwood posts.
Duration: 2 weeks