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Pushing the boundaries in civil engineering - The River Irwell Bridge, Manchester

  • Lecture
  • Manchester
  • 30 January 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Pushing the boundaries in civil engineering - The River Irwell Bridge, Manchester

About this event

A steel network arch bridge was constructed to support a new railway line that connects the Piccadilly and Victoria railway stations in the heart of Manchester. This is an 89m, asymmetric twin network arch structure that supports two tracks via a steel and concrete composite deck. It satisfies the aspiration for a landmark bridge that will mark the regeneration of the site and at the same time shows respect to the history of the area.

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 network arch railway bridge in the United Kingdom. It is also believed that the arrangement of asymmetric arches, open section longitudinal ties and type of loading constitute a world's first variation of a network arch bridge.

Please arrive at 18:00 for 18:30 start.

Organised by ICE Manchester Branch joint with IStructE.


For more information, please contact:

Katie Goode
e: katie.goode@arup.com


EUR ING Athanasios Bistolas CEng FICE MTCG(TEE)

Athanasis Bistolas

Athanasios Bistolas is an Associate at Mott MacDonald Ltd and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and developed a passion for bridge engineering from a young age. He started his career over 20 years ago by participating in the design and construction of small military engineering projects in the Hellenic Army, where he served as a reserve sergeant in the Corps of Engineers.

He subsequently moved in the UK, working initially with Halcrow Group, before joining Mott MacDonald. He has worked on many high profile civil engineering projects in the UK and Overseas, including the Port Mann Highway Scheme in Canada and the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge. He has recently completed the design of the central portion of the Ordsall Chord railway viaduct.

Event venue

University of Manchester
Renold Building
Altrincham Street
Manchester M1 3BB
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Janice Parkinson

e: janice.parkinson@ice.org.uk