Challenging The Traditional Delivery Of Projects: The River Irwell Footbridge

A new steel footbridge was constructed to replace the old Prince’s Bridge, which had to be demolished to make room for the Ordsall Chord Viaduct. This is a 49.5m long structure comprising a single variable depth box section and cantilevered walkways to serve both pedestrians and cyclists. The stiff box is stabilised via two outrigger beams at each end to provide torsional rigidity.
Several requirements and constraints were imposed, which posed challenges to both the design and construction teams. Effective use of BIM technologies and processes and the adoption of a collaborative approach by all parties involved were catalysts to the successful completion of the structure.
This is the first bridge in the UK, which was fabricated entirely from a 3D model, without the need for traditional 2D drawings, and this has allowed significant savings in the programme.

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