River Aire Bridge

Leeds

Client Network Rail

The River Aire underbridge is a historic three span masonry arch carrying the railway between Huddersfield and York over the River Aire. The site sits adjacent to the Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve. The project involves major refurbishment of the arch and the council owned cantilever walkway safeguarding the structure for the safe operation of the railway for decades to come. The project requires an extensive long span temporary scaffolding over the river to enable the works.

In collaboration with Studio One Consulting, DYSE have been appointed to undertake the permanent works F001 design. This work includes the design of extensive and varied masonry repairs, waterproofing and drainage works, new decking for the cantilever walkway and a temporary access scaffold over the river. Due to the nature of the site, the works involve close liaison with the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust to meet the navigation and environmental requirements. The challenges imposed on the design of the temporary works scaffold to achieve the long spans over the river has meant that close collaboration with the specialist temporary works scaffold designer has been required.