The Challenge:

The existing bridge had partially collapsed and was considered to be unstable. Works were carefully planned to minimise risk to personnel and the public during its reconstruction. On one side of the canal there was poor access causing difficulties with manoeuvring plant around the site.

Elland Bridge had time constraints due to having to re-open at the same time as Crowther Bridge which was also hit by the Boxing Day floods and was undergoing reconstruction. Due to both bridges undergoing reconstruction because of the Boxing Day floods there was a high media presence which impacted on both works.

The client’s success criteria were:


  • Rebuild Elland Bridge.
  • Accommodate existing services in replacement structure.
  • Rebuild the structure to be similar to Crowther Bridge for economies in design and construction.

The Solution:

The existing bridge was demolished with selected masonry reclaimed for re-use. New foundations were constructed on piles and a precast concrete barrel was installed together with precast spandrels. The bridge was backfilled with foam concrete and reclaimed masonry used in the construction of the vouissors, cladding and parapets.

Several services passing through the bridge were diverted onto an adjacent utilities bridge for the duration of the works. These were reinstated in to new ducts in the carriageway across the new bridge by service providers Kier provided design and installation for supporting excavations, temporary footbridge, temporary utilities bridge and de-watering the canal.

The Impact:

Managing the project we succeeded in:


  • Working closely with CRT/Council Heritage teams to gain the necessary planning consents.
  • Providing information key to the works to communicate with local residents of the importance of getting the road and canal open as soon as possible.
  • Opening navigation for Canal and River Trust to allow their customers to use the network freely during the boating season.
  • Liaising with service providers for disconnections and reconnections to ensure the project was delivered effectively.

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