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Refurbishment of the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Runcorn

  • Lecture
  • Runcorn
  • 21 November 2019
  • 18:30 - 20:00
Refurbishment of the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Runcorn

About this event

The Silver Jubilee Bridge crosses the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal at Runcorn Gap; between Runcorn and Widnes. It is a through arch bridge with a main arch span of 361 yards (330 m). It was opened in 1961 as a replacement for the Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge. It carries the A533 road and a cantilevered footway.

The bridge is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. The bridge closed for repairs and alterations upon the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in October 2017 and is due to reopen in 2020.

Balvac, a leading specialist in repair, strengthening, refurbishment and protection of all types of civil structures across the UK, has been undertaking work on the Silver Jubilee Bridge and its approaches for the last 11 years. The current refurbishment programme includes repainting of the top arch of the structure.

The main challenge is the planning and management of the sheeted temporary access scaffolding and how this and the overall programme was influenced by wind loading considerations. Mark will give an overview of the work and challenges and expand on other work that has now been included in the refurbishment package; including the replacement of one of the existing cables.

As part of the work, other associated changes to the local road network will be carried out. The new Mersey Gateway Bridge will result in a significant reduction in traffic across the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge (SJB) once it has been reopened (with a new toll system).

To facilitate the SJB's change from a strategic to more local traffic route, the adjacent highway network in Runcorn will be reconfigured. A major area of work will be the de-linking of the Runcorn Approach West Viaduct, which will involve large-scale demolition of the viaduct very close to existing properties, businesses and Network Rail Infrastructure. Ian will give an overview of the project and the challenges posed.

The event will start with light refreshments from 6pm, with the talk starting at 6:30pm.

Organised by ICE Cheshire branch.

Key in WA7 4NH to find The Heath Business & Technical Park, main visitor entrance and Conference Centre located on Heath Boulevard. All visitors should report to The Heath Conference Centre and visitor entrance which is on your left-hand side once you have crossed the mini roundabout at the bottom of the hill.


  • Mark Burrows BEng (Hons) Ceng MICE MAPM
    Contracts Manager, Balvac
  • Ian Beckett MEng (Hons) CEng MICE
    Design Coordinator, Balfour Beatty
  • Elliott Jenkins EngTech MICE
    Trainee Engineer, Balfour Beatty

Event venue

The Heath Conference Centre
The Heath Business and Technical Park
Runcorn WA7 4QX
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lauren Moczulski

e: [email protected]