We used a combination of traditional techniques and 21st Century technology to rebuild this vital transport link for residents and local businesses.

On December 29th 2015, a devastating flood hit the River Wharfe, Tadcaster, resulting in the partial collapse of the Grade II-listed bridge that connected two halves of the town.

In order to reconnect the community, Balfour Beatty was contracted by North Yorkshire County Council to clear debris from the site and rebuild the damaged bridge, which was originally built in two parts in the 16th and 18th Century. Part of the works also included installing a temporary footbridge while the permanent structure was being repaired.

Modern technology and traditional techniques

This challenging job included establishing a suitable location for the temporary bridge, as well as building the structure in ground conditions that were very unpredictable. We overcame this by installing a pre-constructed single-span bridge which was extended section by section across the river.

We then carefully demolished and reconstructed the flood damaged stone bridge and pier. We used a 3D laser scan of the bridge and surrounding area to give us pinpoint accuracy when designing the detailed and complex temporary works. This enabled us to re-create what had been damaged and establish the exact dimensions for reconstruction. From this we produced a framework for the archways that fitted perfectly, reducing time and cost.

Alongside this cutting-edge technology, we also employed traditional materials and masonry to reconstruct the bridge as it was originally built. The project met challenging timescales by completing the temporary footbridge in February 2016 after only six weeks, and fully opening the rebuilt road bridge in February 2017.

Century bridge
Grade II
listed building