Cragside Iron Bridge Refurbishment, National Trust

Cragside Iron Bridge Refurbishment, National Trust

DMJ Engineering Ltd was involved with the fabrication and installation of the repair steelwork to the Cragside Iron Bridge spanning the Debdon Burn in Cragside.

Particular care had to be taken with this renovation project due to the fact it was a grade 2 listed structure, situated in the National Trusts Cragside Estate. Formerly the home of the Great Industrialist Engineer Lord William Armstrong.

DMJ Engineering Ltd repaired and strengthened the existing bridge structure using S355 steel and over 5000 rivets. Using old original hot riveting techniques with a modern twist of using an induction heater to heat the rivets, White hot in less than 10 seconds.

The steelwork package was given to us on a tight programme scale of 12 weeks that kept on reducing, DMJ Engineering Ltd halved this and was able to hand back the project to be painted within four weeks.

The bridge was nominated for the ICE Robert Stephenson Awards 2010 highlighting outstanding examples of design and construction undertaken.

The bridge was also nominated for the Green Apple Awards 2009 part of the built Environment and Architectural Heritage Body.