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Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge


VolkerLaser have delivered essential refurbishment works at Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge in Bristol: a significant milestone in our portfolio of bridge projects.

Key services provided

  • Erection of a fully encapsulated scaffold
  • Preliminary strengthening works
  • Removal of existing surfacing
  • Replacement of bearings
  • Replacement of damaged steelwork
  • Repainting the entire structure

Prior to refurbishment, courtesy of Michelle Scoplin...

The bridge during works

The bridge encapsulated during works

Ashton scaffold

Ashton steelwork

Pedestrian and cyclist diversion route

Built in 1905, this former road and rail swing bridge over the River Avon in Bristol has for many years formed part of a local access cycle route, despite being in a poor state of repair. The Grade 2 listed bridge is on Bristol City Council’s Listed Building At Risk Register which describes the bridge as being in a very bad condition with clear signs of structural instability. The register says the bridge in its current state is at “immediate risk of further rapid deterioration”. English Heritage support the works to conserve the bridge.

This bridge forms part of the Bristol MetroBus project and when reopens it will have a separate single guided bus lane as well as a widened cycleway and footpath.

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Bristol City Council
  • Value
    £3.2 million
  • Project categories

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