Iron and steel bridges: condition appraisal and remedial treatment

This CIRIA book provides impartial best practice guidance on all aspects of the asset management of iron and steel bridges.

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Who wrote this?

This was prepared under contract to CIRIA by Gifford WSP.


  • Graham P Tilly BSc(Eng), DIC, ACGI, PhD, CEng, FICE, Gifford
  • Steve J Matthews MSc DIC C.Eng FIStructE MICE MIoD, WSP
  • David H Deacon CSci, FICorr (Hon), FTSC Steel Protection Ltd
  • Julian De Voy, BSc PhD CEng MICE, Gifford
  • Paul A Jackson BSc PhD CEng FICE FIStructE, Gifford

Steering group:

  • Mr J Clarke (chair), BRB (Residuary) Limited
  • Mr D Ashurst, Arup
  • Mr B Bell, Network Rail
  • Mr G Bessant, TfL
  • Mr P J Brown, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Mr E Bunting, Department for Transport
  • Mr M Bussell, Arup
  • Mr M Collings, Gifford
  • Mr K Duguid, Transport for London
  • Mr A Ghose, Faber Maunsell Ltd
  • Mr G Kerr, HSE (Railway Inspectorate)
  • Mr M Holford, Severn Trent Water
  • Mr R Howe, British Waterways
  • Dr. R.J. Lark, Cardiff School of Engineering
  • Mr C Mayer, Stoke City Council
  • Dr J Menzies, Independent Consultant
  • Mr A Monnickendam, Cass Hayward LLP
  • Mr T Swailes, University of Manchester
  • Mr I Wesley, Atkins
  • Mr T Wilkins, Mott MacDonald

This was funded by Bridges Board, Department for Transport, Network Rail, CIRIA Core Programme Sponsors, Transport for London, Health and Safety Executive and British Waterways.


It was first published in November 2007.


The Bridge Owners Forum determined the need for this guide, and the benefit of drawing together into a single guidance note the combined knowledge of the principal bridge owners and engineers on the asset management of iron and steel bridges.

Who should read this?

Anyone who requires information about the performances and specific requirements of iron and steel bridges, so infrastructure owners, their bridge designers, contractors, asset and maintenance managers.


This 258-page book, available to buy from CIRIA, gives best practice sources of information relevant to iron and steel bridges and offers guidance for general application. It is aimed at those with a general knowledge of bridge engineering and asset management who need further information about the performances and specific requirements of iron and steel bridges. Examples of successful schemes are cited and described. Case studies are also provided of both successful and unsuccessful examples of repair and strengthening projects.

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