What is your team responsible for?
The structures team are responsible for delivering the following range of structural engineering services across the public and private sector;
- Principal and general inspections of bridges and structures
- Design and studies for removal, renewal and replacement of bridges
- Design of replacement for Norham road bridge
- Design of new Murton metro bridge
- Design of redevelopment of Swan Hunter quayside
- Engineering support for Shepard Offshore Walker quayside
- Design of replacement retaining walls
- Inspection and assessment for Cumbria bridges from storm Desmond
- CAT 3 design check on York road bridge
- Design of coastal defences
- Assessment of structures on the heavy load routes
- Development of 6 year bridge plan
- Assessment of road over rail incursion risks and mitigation
- Business Cases and scheme appraisals
- Technical support to the environment agency on flood prevention schemes
- Structural feasibility studies and concept schemes
Roughly how many people are in the Structures team?
There are currently 8 members in the North Tyneside team. The team comprises a wealth of experience including Chartered Engineers, Graduates, Senior Technicians, Technicians and an apprentice. The team also includes a Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers.
Describe a typical day in the Structures team
Typically the team are working on around 25 projects at any given time. Ranging from small technical advice commissions through to larger bridge replacement schemes. Some of the larger current schemes that the team are working on are the design and construction of the replacement Norham road bridge over the A1058 coast road, the redevelopment of the Swan Hunter quayside and a new metro bridge for the Murton village development.
These design projects whilst requiring a rigorous analytical approach also necessitate engagement with third parties and the general public to ensure that local issues are addressed and that the local authority is fully updated on any issues that arise during the design and development process.
The team also carry out bridge inspections and assessments for other local authorities including Cumbria. In the aftermath of Storm Desmond in Cumbria, the bridge repair and replacements schemes are still being examined and the structures team are developing local repair solutions on dozens of these historical structures.
What is the proudest moment for your team?
The replacement of Norham road bridge across the busy A1058 coast road has been the highlight for the structures team from conception through to detailed design and construction. The bridge itself is a relatively straight forward concrete 4 span structure with a central pier in the middle of the dual carriageway. What made the project extremely unusual was the fact that the construction needed to continue over a busy road that was needed to remain in use, where there were four slip roads, two approach roads, two junctions and a pedestrian walkway that was required to span over the Coast Road during the construction. A feasibility study had ruled out a single transported bridge replacement owing to the services through the bridge, that needed to remain, and this dictated the method of construction. The method of construction as a phased demolition of the old bridge by saw cutting along its length and casting the new bridge over the busy place highway. The logistics and traffic management required for this work was challenging as it had to be co-ordinated with the nearby Silverlink Interchange upgrade. The Capita team expedited all the issues to conclusion and minimised the road closures to 6 days over the duration of the project which included demolition, installation of the deck beams and casting of the concrete deck.
Tell us something that people may not know about the Structures team
We have a multinational structures team including an American, a South African, a Chinese, a Scot and 4 Geordies. This diverse workforce brings a wealth of experience to the team from a variety of backgrounds and drawing from a range of international projects.