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 - New Year, New Office

Here at Thomas Consulting we are on the move….

Exciting times after nearly 20 years in the current office at Friar Street the team are moving to a brighter, bigger accessible office at 21 China Street, Lancaster.  

The building has been part of a development undertaken by JMP Architects at their existing site.

The new office space has access directly off of China Street giving on-site parking for the Team and visiting clients; a rarity in Lancaster city centre.

As soon as COVID-19 Security and Government restrictions permit, we are looking forward to inviting all our associates and clients to enjoy a little cheese and Wine event at our new home.

We will be raising a toast to a healthy, safe and prosperous year for all.

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)