Bridge Design

Our structural engineers  have extensive experience in design, appraisal and inspection of bridge and highway structures. We have worked closely with developers, adopting authorities and commercial landowners, to provide comprehensive assistance with all forms of bridge and highway related projects. We take care to ensure that new structures are designed and developed using the latest technology and best practises. 

We are able to undertake Principal Bridge Inspections of motorway and primary highway structures, along with design appraisals of existing highway structures, to confirm load carrying capacities; and once a structure has reached the end of its working life, our engineers can work closely with demolition contractors to ensure that the removal is undertaken safely.


  • Full Structural Design of Bridges, Retaining Walls and Culverts

  • Assisting with Approval In Principal (AIP) for new highway structures

  • Liaison with Adopting Authorities

  • Principal Bridge Inspections

  • Bridge and Highway Structure Assessments

  • Bridge Repair Design

  • Full Scale Insitu Bridge Loading Tests

  • Assessment and Appraisal for Demolition Works.

“the story of bridge building is the story of civilisation.”
Franklin D Roosevelt 1931

Bridges at Ballam Road

Bridge crossing Ballam Brook (Lytham, UK) to provide access to United Utilities storm water overflow tank and pumping station. 

Bridges at the Waters Edge

Barret Homes residential development required a new 23 metre span access bridge and the re-decking of an existing Victorian access bridge over the River Tame.

St Catherines Hospice

We were approached St. Catherine’s Hospice’s appointed architect with concerns about a narrow existing stone masonry arch bridge that provided the main access.

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)