Preston, UK

Bridge Repairs and Access Improvements St. Catherine’s Hospice, Preston. We were approached by St. Catherine’s Hospice, appointed architect with concerns about a narrow existing stone masonry arch bridge that provided the main access to the hospice.

St. Catherine’s Hospice, Preston

St Catherine’s Hospice

Project Description

We undertook a Principle Bridge Inspection and Assessment and discovered a substantial section of the arch foundation had been under-scoured by the river flowing beneath the bridge but also determined a vehicle weight limit was required. We designed an innovative underpinning method allowing the bridge to remain open during the restoration of the foundation. Further inspections have since proven the effectiveness of this work.

Concerns were also raised regarding pedestrians using the bridge because of the very narrow roadway and it was decided to construct a small access footbridge alongside the bridge to provide a safe access. The architect required a simple low-cost structure, largely constructed from timber to be sympathetic with the woodland setting. We designed the footbridge structure utilising low cost bank seat foundations supported by small diameter driven piles.

To provide durability and reduce maintenance costs the timber decking is supported by two effectively concealed galvanised steel beams and durable hardwood is used for the decking and parapets.

A message from Thomas Consulting

2021 - Merger Finalised

Thomas Consulting are delighted to announce that over the spring period we have finalised a merger with the structural arm of Carr Faulkner Associates Ltd (CFA Structures Ltd).

CFA Structures Ltd, is a highly regarded structural engineering practice based in Chorley, Lancashire.

The merger will  enhance Thomas Consulting’s already strong reputation within the industry for providing technical services, construction guidance,

and general Civil Engineering services UK wide.

The Carr Faulkner office in Chorley town centre has now closed, all future works will take the Thomas Consulting name.

All the staff at the time of the merger have been retained, with former director Howard Faulkner joining Thomas Consulting as a consultant at the Buckshaw Village office.

Should you need to contact any member of our team the following numbers are available during working hours of 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

01743 237940 (Shrewsbury), 01772 299040 (Chorley) and 01524 846022 (Lancaster)