14 October 2015
SLOUGH - A landmark bridge project designed by Peter Brett Associates was officially opened this morning.
The Leigh Road Bridge – one of the largest civil engineering projects in the history of Slough Trading Estate – was designed as an essential infrastructure link across the Great Western Mainline Railway to significantly improve transport movement for both the population of the trading estate and the wider community.
The original bridge concept and subsequent detailed design was engineered by PBA on behalf of the contractor, Osborne, and successfully gained agreement following an independent consultant’s analytical check and approvals from Highways England and Network Rail.
Installation of the £10 m bridge took place during a challenging overnight operation in February of this year, when the 519-tonne, 52-metre structure was lowered into position over the Great Western Railway.
This was a defining milestone within a much wider project for SEGRO that began almost 10 years ago, when PBA were approached to develop a visionary transport strategy and economic appraisal capable of delivering a step change improvement in accessibility for the trading estate – a major employment zone destination in the heart of the Thames Valley.
“Like many PBA projects, this has been a true team effort of sustained hard work over many years with a range of talent invested from the outset towards a visionary economic appraisal and transport strategy, diligent planning preparation, collaboration and effective engagement with key stakeholders,” said project lead James Overend. “The SEGRO and Osborne teams have been great to work with on this fantastic project, and we were very proud to be at the official opening today.”
The new bridge sits alongside the existing Brunel listed masonry arch bridge, built in 1836, which will now close to traffic, but will continue to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists in the future.